HC Deb 18 March 1887 vol 312 cc706-7
MR. BLANE (Armagh, S.)

asked the Postmaster General, If he would allow telegrams to be sent without insisting on a multiple address when telegrams are within the same district or town, thus— Broker," London, to "Foundry," London, might be rendered—

"Broker," London?
to "Foundry,"
THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

I am not quite sure whether the hon. Member refers to telegrams sent from one registered address to another. If so, I may state that there is no necessity for the sender of such a telegram to give either his name or address. If, however, the Question relates to telegrams with multiple addresses, it would be very inconvenient to make the concession suggested. To prevent misunderstanding in dealing with such telegrams, it is necessary that the name of the place of destination should be telegraphed with each address. An important consideration in the matter is that the Department has registered, as part of abbreviated addresses, a large number of double names; and much confusion would result from any change of practice likely to render loss apparent the distinction between telegrams for such double registered names and telegrams intended for a multiple address.