HC Deb 03 August 1897 vol 52 cc233-4

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, on what grounds Edward Bithell (who for the last 15 months has occasionally been employed as a rural postman in the district of Minera, in the county of Denbigh), has been refused leave to ride his own bicycle while discharging his duties, and is consequently compelled either to walk many miles while doing so or to put up overnight at Minera, where the only accommodation obtainable, is at a public house; and whether the Postmaster General will reconsider his decision or direct an inquiry into the matter?


Edward Bithell is employed occasionally by the Postmaster of Wrexham to act as substitute for Rural Postmen when absent on annual or sick leave; he recently made application to be allowed to use his bicycle whenever he was so employed, but was informed that general authority could not be given; he has, however, permission to use his cycle on the walk on which he is now employed, and similar authority would be given in the case of his employment on any other walk on which a cycle can be used with advantage; he has not been compelled to stay overnight at Minera; in fact the hours of the Minera post would not admit of his doing so.