HC Deb 28 July 1891 vol 356 cc558-9

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he will take into consideration the great inconvenience caused in the neighbourhood of Darlington by there being only one postal delivery in the day at a place within a mile and a half of the General Post Office, while there are two and three deliveries in the day at places further off; and why it is necessary that a telegram, handed in at Charing Cross at 6.30 on Sunday evening, cannot be delivered within a mile and a half of Darlington before 8.30 the following morning, thereby losing the benefit of the early train from the North to London?

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

I shall be happy to consider the question of extending the second delivery of letters if the hon. Baronet will let me know to what district he refers. There is, I understand, no third delivery outside the town of Darlington. As regards the telegraph' service, I would state that on Sunday evening the telegraph office at Darlington is open only between the hours of 5 and 6, and a telegram handed in at Charing Cross at 6.30 is too late, therefore, to reach Darlington the same evening. Should the residents send me a Memorial in favour of an extension of the hours, I will readily have inquiry made.