HC Deb 26 March 1896 vol 39 c163

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, (1) will he explain why it is that an express letter sent from England to France or Germany on Saturday night is delivered on the Sunday, but that an express letter arriving in London on Sunday morning from the Continent, or from any town in England, Scotland, or Ireland, is not delivered until Monday morning, although telegrams are delivered in London on Sunday mornings; and (2) whether he will give instructions that express letters shall be treated as telegrams in regard to their delivery in London on Sundays?


The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's Question is that, under the existing regulations, there is no express delivery of letters in London on Sunday. In regard to the second part of his Question, it has hitherto been the practice of the Post Office not to make any change which would involve the extension of Sunday labour.