HC Deb 12 March 1896 vol 38 cc757-8
MR. P. C. DOOGAN (Tyrone, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether non-official members of postmasters' families, who reside in the post office, are required to make a declaration of secrecy; and, if not, what steps are taken to prevent them having access to letters and telegrams?


The declaration which persons in the employment of the General Post Office are required to make by law can hardly be described as a "declaration of secresy," but all persons dealing with letters and telegrams are required to make it. The sub-postmaster of every office is held responsible that no information shall be divulged and would be severely punished if it were divulged by members of his family or persons in his employment.