§ MR. BYRON REED (Bradford, E.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, whether he is aware of the inconvenience that arises in consequence of Her Majesty's Postmaster General not occupying a seat in this House; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will be prepared to take steps for the creation of a Parliamentary Office, subordinate to the Postmaster General, which shall give direct representation to his Department in this House.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
I do not know whether my hon. Friend heard the answer I gave to a question on a similar subject yesterday. I quite recognise the inconvenience which arises in both Houses of Parliament [laughter]—yes, in both Houses of Parliament—owing to the Minister in charge of a Department being a Member of the other House, but I am afraid I cannot promise legislation on the subject.
§ MR. W. GALLOWAY (Manchester, S.W.)
Will the right hon. Gentleman be willing to consider the question of the Postmaster General having a direct representative in this House?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY
My hon. Friend is perhaps not aware that that could not be done without legislation.