HC Deb 20 March 1896 vol 38 cc1461-2

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, if he can state on what grounds the application of Mr. John Hannah, poulterer, to have his letters and post parcels re-delivered at his house by the rural letter carrier of the Castlederg and Aghyran Post Office, in the county of Tyrone, has been refused, while a similar application on behalf of the Rev. Mr. Verner, a Protestant clergyman, whose house is 200 yards farther from the public road than Mr. Hannah's house, has been granted?


As a general rule, residents at single houses situated more than 70 yards off the road travelled by a rural postman are expected to obtain their letters at the nearest post office or to put up boxes by the roadside in which the postman may deposit their letters. An exception is occasionally made in favour of persons receiving a large amount of correspondence, and the walk of the Castlederg and Aghyran postman was thus not long since extended to the house of Mr. Verner. The correspondence of Mr. Hannah does not, however, amount to one-third of that received by Mr. Verner, and an extension of the postman's walk in Mr. Hannah's case is not considered to be warranted. It would be a great convenience if small questions of this kind were asked privately. [Cheers.]