§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General under what rule of the Post Office the Department refused to pay compensation to the Hamilton Association for Providing Trained Male Nurses for a loss incurred through the admitted negligence of the Department in failing to transmit a telegram on 14th November, 1891; whether compensation has been paid in some similar cases, and whether he would take steps to assimilate the rule on the subject to that in force with regard to parcels for which damages were paid?
§ SIR J. FERGUSSON
The Regulations which were laid before Parliament declare the non-liability of the Department, and are quoted on every telegraph form. I cannot find that compensation has ever been paid in any similar case. The circumstances of parcels are so different that the same rule could not be applied.