HC Deb 10 December 1888 vol 331 cc1579-80
MR. FRASER-MACKINTOSH (Inverness-shire)

asked the Postmaster General, If there be any Rules for the guidance of the public regarding telegrams ex facie urgent, addressed to localities upwards of a mile from a telegraph station; whether, if the official taking in such telegram demands no extra payment for delivery, it is understood that the receiving office undertakes due delivery, getting payment of the extra charge from the receiver of the telegram; whether his attention has been called to the case of Miss Munro, who telegraphed on the 12th of October last from Perthshire to Ross-shire, eight miles from a station, in these terms to her sister— Come on at once, your brother is dead, will be buried to-morrow; no extra payment was demanded at in-giving, but the telegram was detained until the following day, being then delivered by hand, too late to be of service; and, whether, if there be no Rules, he will consider the propriety of issuing such for the information of the public?

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

The hon. Member will find the Rules relating to the delivery of telegrams at page 303 of The Post Office Guide, paragraphs 6 to 11. The case of Miss Munro has not been brought to my notice; but if the hon. Member will state where her telegram was handed in I shall be glad to have inquiry made, and let him know the result.