HC Deb 31 March 1887 vol 313 c69

asked the Postmaster General, Whether, having regard to the fact that letters for the Continent close at the Exchange, Liverpool, on Fridays at 1 p.m., while letters for India and Australia, also going by the night trains viâ the Continent, close at Liverpool at 11.15 a.m., he will make arrangements for all letters viâ the Continent to be received at Liverpool post offices up to 1 p.m. on Fridays?

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

I regret that the Post Office is unable to guarantee that letters from Liverpool for India and Australia shall be transmitted in the mails from London on Friday nights, unless they are posted at Liverpool not later than 11.15 a.m. It is true that letters for the Continent can be posted at Liverpool up to 1 p.m.; but correspondence for the Continent can be finally dealt with on the railway between London and Dover; whereas the mails for the East must be closed in London.