§ DR. CLARK (Caithness)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General if he can explain why it is that letters from Edinburgh to Thurso, a distance of over 300 miles, are carried in about 13 hours, while from Thurso to Reay, a distance of 11 miles further, they take an additional 15 hours; whether he is aware that coaches run every day from Thurso to Reay; and whether something can be done to accelerate the delivery of letters. in this district?
§ * MR. RAIKES
The passenger car-for Reay, which carries the mails, leaves. Thurso in the morning and returns the same day. Hence, letters for Reay arriving overnight are necessarily detained until the next morning. The coach referred to could not be made available—the hour at which it runs-being unsuitable for mail purposes. On the whole, the present arrangements seem best calculated to meet the requirements of the locality.