HC Deb 20 March 1888 vol 323 c1788
MR. D. SULLIVAN(for Mr. ARTHUR O'CONNOR) (Donegal, E.)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether his attention has been called to the fact that Mr. J. F. Wight, of the Money Order Department, General Post Office, presided at a political meeting of the Primrose League, in the Lecture Hall, St. Aubyn Road, Upper Norwood, at which, among others present upon the platform, were the hon. Members for Croydon, Norwood, Dulwich, East Bradford, & c.; and, whether members of the Post Office staff, who belong to other Political Associations, will be allowed a similar liberty?

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

Mr. Wight did preside at the meeting of the 25th of February. Shortly afterwards he informed me that he had resigned his position on the Primrose League as Ruling Councillor. There is a well-known Rule of the Post Office which forbids Postmasters from taking part in election or other active political meetings, although the same Rule does not apply with the same force to the actions of other persons in the Service in localities where they are not engaged on duty. I think the practice is certainly one which should be discouraged.