HC Deb 19 March 1896 vol 38 cc1333-4

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether, for the convenience of travellers, he will make arrangements for the sale of postcards, letter-cards, and stamps, at the official rates, at the railway bookstalls of Messrs. W. H. Smith and Son; and also for the supply of telegraph forms, and the conveyance of duly stumped telegrams to the telegraph clerk, by Messrs. Smith's employés, at all stations provided with a telegraph office.


Attempts have already been made to induce Messrs. W. H. Smith and Son to undertake the sale of stamps, etc., at their bookstalls, but without success, and it is feared that it would be no use re-opening the question, with them, though the Postmaster General would learn with pleasure that they were ready to reconsider their decision. Inquiry is, however, at this moment being made whether it is possible to arrange for the sale of stamps, etc., at every railway terminus and large stations by some other means, should Messrs. Smith be unable to allow their employés to undertake the duty.