HC Deb 26 April 1888 vol 325 c601
MR. JOICEY (Durham, Chester-le-Street)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that the Regulation now being put in force to prevent Railway Companies from carrying and delivering letters causes great inconvenience to the public, particularly in districts where there is only one postal delivery daily; and, whether he will endeavour to adopt means to continue such deliveries, either by issuing stamps to the Railway Companies or otherwise?

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

The conveyance by Railway Companies and others of letters, which have not passed through the post, being an infringement of the monopoly which Parliament has seen fit to confer on the Postmaster General, I have had no option but to explain to the Railway Companies and public carriers what is the law on this subject. At the same time, I have been glad to consider the means of remedying within my legal powers any cases of real inconvenience which the discontinuance of the practice referred to may be found to have occasioned. I see considerable difficulty in the way of issuing special stamps to Railway Companies and others; but, should any great demand arise for such a course, I will gladly give the matter my further and best consideration.