§ Mr. L. P. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, how often rural letter-carriers in Ireland are supplied with waterproof capes for their protection and that of the parcels, etc., which they 1521 carry; and whether, seeing that the supply has become irregular, steps will be taken to see that this grievance will be remedied?
§ MR. HANBURY
The supply of waterproof capes to rural postmen has, until recently, been renewed every three years, but in future new capes will be issued every two years. There was some delay on the part of the contractors in completing the last winter's issue, but it can hardly be, said that the supply has become irregular. Every effort will be made to prevent delay in future.