HC Deb 02 September 1887 vol 320 cc900-1
MR. CAREW (Kildare, N.) (for Mr. ARTHUR O'CONNOR) (Donegal, E.)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that the poor rate collector at Monasterevan, in the Mountmellick Union, has for a long time had great difficulty in recovering the rates due on account of the telegraph poles and wires in his district, especially as regards the Jamestown Electoral Division, and has over and over again had to pay the rates out of his own pocket, by reason of the delay in payment by the Government; whether the cause for the delay is in the Post Office or at the Treasury; and, whether he will take steps to cause the rates to be duly paid?

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

In reply to the hon. Member, I have to state that the telegraph poles and wires in these unions have undergone certain alterations which will probably affect their assessable value. Pending, however, the completion of the necessary inquiries on the subject, I have given instructions for the outstanding claims, amounting apparently to £1 0s. 9d., which have been sanctioned by the Treasury, to be paid at once.