HC Deb 29 April 1895 vol 33 cc15-6

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that, shortly before Christmas last, on a parcel containing lacework of a rare and valuable kind, and posted in Canada, being delivered to the addressee, a lady residing at Milltown Malbay, in Ireland, it was found that the contents had been soaked in Condy's Fluid and spoilt, the vessel from which the Condy's Fluid escaped having been placed in the parcels basket at Limerick or Ennis by an employee of the department, who tailed to observe that the vessel was insufficiently corked or secured; and, whether in view of the fact that compensation for the damage thus done has been refused by the Post Office authorities, on the ground that no arrangements have been made for granting compensation in the case of parcels sent to this country from Canada (although such compensation is given in the case of parcels sent from Newfoundland, and 26 other colonies, and 42 foreign countries), he will take the necessary steps to secure the grant of suitable compensation, in all cases, for damage occasioned by the neglect or default of the Department?


Technically the Post Office is not liable, inasmuch as the Canadian Government has not entered into arrangements with this country for paying compensation in such cases; but I will have inquiry made, and, should it prove beyond all question that the packet was damaged in this country, and through default on the part of the Post Office, the question of compensating the addressee shall be entertained?

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