HC Deb 25 February 1896 vol 37 cc1080-1
MR. J. JORDAN (Fermanagh, S.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, if he is aware that the Post Office in Enniskillen is a small house, into which are crowded the post office, the telegraph office, the parcel post, and the postmaster and his family; that there is but one small and ill-fitted office for the receipt and delivery of letters, the sale of stamps, the transmission of telegrams, the savings bank, the receipt of and delivery of parcels, and the payment of public money to pensioners; that the offices are badly lit and ventilated; that there is general complaint in reference to the thick and suffocating atmosphere in the office on busy days; that there is but one small door for the ingress and egress of the public and employees, and for the transaction of all the business of the office; that there is no accommodation, for postmen and telegraphic messenger, other than the public street, even in winter weather; that even the postmaster's office is but a dark and dismal small apartment; and that 21 employees, male and female, and eight members of the postmaster's family, with servants, 29 to 31 in all, are compelled daily to occupy this house. And, is it the intention of the Postmaster General and the Department, in view of the wellbeing of their employees and the accommodation of the public, still to continue these premises as a post office?


The hon. Member is aware that in consequence of his representations an exhaustive Inquiry was made not long since as to the conditions of the post office accommodation at Enniskillen, which is provided by the Postmaster, and he was informed that no such deficiencies had been disclosed as would warrant a removal from the premises. There is no reason to suppose that the staff or the public are suffering from the post office being continued where it is.