HC Deb 16 April 1888 vol 324 c1308
DR. CLARK (Caithness)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether it is the case, that letters posted in the town of Castletown, Caithness, are delivered in London, a distance of 800 miles, before those for the neighbouring parishes of Canisbay, Bower, Watten, and Latheron; whether the passenger coaches running to Thurso have offered to take a midday mail, which would allow the delivery in the neighbouring parishes in 24 hours, for 2s. 6d. a-week; and, whether the Postal Authorities will accept the offer, or otherwise arrange for quicker delivery in the county?

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

With regard to the first part of the Question put to me, I beg to state that the hon. Member has been misinformed, and that it is not the case that letters posted in Castletown, Caithness, are delivered in London earlier than in Canisbay, Bower, Watten, and Latheron. As to the employment of a passenger coach for the acceleration of local correspondence, I will have inquiry made whether any acceleration would be effected by such means; but I believe that the amount of the local correspondence is very insignificant.