HC Deb 05 March 1889 vol 333 cc962-3
MR. CAVENDISH BENTINCK (Penryn and Falmouth)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether any steps have been taken to furnish vehicles used for the service of the General Post Office in London with lamps to be lighted when required; and if he will explain why a provision so necessary for the protection of the inhabitants of London has not been hitherto enforced?


In reply to the hon. Member, I beg to say that I have arranged that all the vehicles employed in the Mail Cart Service in London shall carry lamps after dark. This arrangement is being actively carried out by the contractors, and the greater portion of the vehicles—if not all—have now been fitted. Previous contracts for the Service did not provide for lighting the vehicles, but in the contracts which I have lately entered into I reserved the power which I have now exercised of calling on the contractors to provide lamps.