§ MR. HENNIKER HEATON
I beg to ask the Representative of the Postmaster General, whether his attention has been called to the fact that the French Postal Authorities have authorised the formation of a cyclist staff' for the delivery of telegrams, and 253 have contributed a sum sufficient to pay for the hire-purchase of the machines; whether he is aware that in isolated cases London postmen use their own machines for travelling between distant offices; and, whether he will authorise the establishment of cyclist corps in this country for the more speedy delivery of telegrams and express letters in the large towns and along the country roads, and contribute towards the cost of the machines required?
THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. R. W. HANBUHY,) Preston
—The Postmaster General has no official information as to a cyclist staff having been authorised by the French Administration of Posts and Telegraphs for the delivery of telegrams. In a few cases London postmen use their own machines for the collection of letters. The question of the use of cycles for postal and telegraph purposes has been for some time under the consideration of the Post Office, and they are already being tried in certain localities.