HC Deb 12 June 1896 vol 41 c960

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that letters posted in Belfast on Sunday do not arrive in London before Monday night, although a train leaves Belfast for Dublin at two p.m. on Sundays conveying passengers in time to catch the Sunday night mail boat from Kingstown; and, whether he will consider the desirability of having English letters, posted in Belfast before one o'clock p.m. on Sundays, dispatched by this train to Dublin and thence viâ Kingstown and Holy head to their destination?


It is the fact that letters posted at Belfast on Sunday do not arrive in London until Monday evening. With the view of restricting Sunday labour as far as possible, it is the general practice of the Post Office not to make more than one dispatch on that day. If a departure from the rule were sanctioned at Belfast, no doubt similar applications, which it would be difficult to refuse, would be received from other places. The Postmaster General does not, under the circumstances, consider it desirable to grant the additional dispatch suggested.