HC Deb 17 February 1891 vol 350 cc841-2

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that the statement on the back of telegraph forms, that the charge for transmission will cover the cost of delivery if the address is within the limits of the town postal delivery of any Head Post Office, is in many cases not correct under the existing Postal Regulations; whether persons living within the limits mentioned, but within the delivery of a local telegraphic sub-office, are compelled to pay porterage on telegrams delivered during the hours when the sub-office is closed, though porterage would not be payable if such sub-office did not exist; and whether he will put an end to this anomaly?


The hon. Member has not quite accurately stated the terms of the notice on the back of telegraph forms. It is as follows:— The charge for transmission will cover the cost of delivery. (a) If the address is within one mile from the Terminal Telegraph Office, or within the limits of the Town Postal delivery of that office when it is a Head Post Office." The terminal offices in the cases to which he refers are probably not Head Post Offices. But, if he will be good enough to send me particulars of the cases which he has in view, I shall be glad to have inquiry made and let him know the result.