§ MR. J. W. SIDEBOTHAM (Cheshire, Hyde)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, when the new post office at Hyde will be commenced, what sum has been taken for it in the Estimates, and what amount it is intended to spend upon it; and whether, seeing that nearly 10 years ago the late Mr. Raikes inspected the present post office and pronounced it to be inadequate for the requirements of Hyde, an effort will be made to complete the building at the earliest possible date?
§ MR. HANBURY
Provision to the extent of £1,840 is made in the Office of Works Estimates for the current year for commencing the erection of the new post office at Hyde; and it is intended that the work shall be begun as soon as the purchase of the additional piece of 1072 ground, which is being acquired from the Corporation, has been completed. The estimated cost of the building, including fittings and furniture, but excluding site, is £2,855. It is understood that the late Mr. Raikes visited Hyde in 1890; but since that date, the old office has been enlarged and improved to some extent.