HC Deb 30 July 1889 vol 338 cc1714-5

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person named L. F. S. Maberly, an official in the Dublin Post Office, is represented in the public Press to have been present on the platform at the Orange demonstration in the Rotunda on the 12th instant, and to have otherwise participated in the proceedings of that meeting; and whether this official is the same who on a previous occasion had been rebuked by his official superiors for the display of political principles; and, if so, whether he will take any notice of Mr. Maberly's recent conduct in public, or, in case he decides to allow Mr. Maberly's conduct to pass without notice, he would allow similar liberty to those officials of the Post Office who may desire to attend Nationalist meetings?

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

Mr. Maberly, who was present at the Orange demonstration of the 12th, is the same person who on a former occasion wrote a letter to the newspapers which, in the opinion of Mr. Fawcett, when Postmaster General, he had better not have written; but I am not aware that he was reprimanded for so doing. I am not prepared to inhibit officers of the Post Office from mere attendance at meetings, whether political or otherwise, which are not forbidden by law, though the regulations of the Department enjoin them to maintain a certain reserve in political matters, and not to put themselves forward on one side or the other. I am informed that Mr. Maberly took no part in the proceedings beyond attending the meeting.