HC Deb 17 March 1887 vol 312 cc508-9
MR. M'CARTAN(for Mr. FLYNN) (Cork, N.)

asked the Postmaster General, If the Post Office Authorities can make such arrangements as will insure an earlier delivery of the Irish Mails in the House of Commons to Members representing Irish constituencies than that which at present obtain; and, if they can arrange such an alteration as will permit of Irish Members posting letters for the Irish night mail by special mail-bag, or otherwise, at a later hour than is at present necessary?

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

Before the Question of the hon. Member was placed upon the Notice Paper, arrangements had been made for accelerating the delivery in the House of the day mail letters from Ireland, and such letters can now be obtained at 7 p.m., or one hour earlier than before. As regards posting for the Irish night mail, letters can at present be posted up to 7.15 p.m. without late fee, and up to 7.30 p.m. with a fee of a halfpenny. It is proposed to extend the hour for posting letters with a late fee up to 8 p.m.; and this will apply not only to letters for Ireland, but also to letters for places in England, North Wales, and Scotland, served by the night mail train from Euston at 8.30 p.m.