HC Deb 26 July 1894 vol 27 cc1025-6

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether the ferryman at Salcombe is compelled to carry postmen and mails across the ferry between Salcombe and Portlemouth toll free; whether there is any assignable limit to the exaction of such services; whether payment was formerly made for the services rendered to the Post Office by the ferryman; and whether it is competent to the Postmaster General to allow to the ferryman adequate remuneration for his services at the present time?


All ferrymen are bound without demanding toll to carry across ferries persons employed in conveying post letters and telegrams. The enactment on the subject is contained in Section 9 of the Post Office (Offences) Act, 1837, 1 Vict., c. 36. This section only gives effect to the general law which exempts the Crown from payment of tolls. Toll was some years ago paid under a misapprehension for the passage of a postman across the Salcombe and Portlemouth Ferry, but the ferry has been used free of toll for the last five years. I am advised that the law, as it stands, does not justify me in paying tolls for the use of ferries, but I have in some cases made a payment for exceptional services rendered by ferrymen. No such exceptional services are rendered in this case.