§ MR. DE COBAIN (Belfast, E.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General if his attention had been called to the pressing necessity that existed for greater postal and telegraphic facilities at Knock, County Down, and, as this suburb has attracted a large number of residents, and was now a most populous as well as popular district, would he consider the propriety of giving the desired facilities at the earliest moment consistent with the convenience of his Department?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES, University of Cambridge)
In reply to the hon. Member, I am glad to be able to state that, so far as postal facilities are concerned, arrangements have already been sanctioned for carrying out the improvements desired by the inhabitants of Knock. As regards the question of telegraphic facilities, I have to state that an offer was made in the early part of 1888 to open a Telegraphic Office at Belmont under a guarantee of £24 a year, but the offer was not accepted. I shall be happy to make inquiries as to whether the circumstances have changed.