HC Deb 01 February 1897 vol 45 cc901-2
MR. J. P. FARRELL (Cavan, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, (1) on what grounds the hours of posting at Arva were recently changed; and (2) did the Department order any inquiry into the general mail arrangements for the West Cavan postal districts with a view to insuring quicker delivery and later hours of posting in Arva, Belturbet, Ballyconnell, and Swanlinbar?


The earlier dispatch of the night mail from Arva by 30 minutes was recently rendered necessary in consequence of the train by which the supplementary night mail from Cavan is forwarded being started half an hour earlier. The department has no control over the working of that train. The dispatch from Arva is still, however, as late as 6.15 p.m. The second part of the hon. Member's Question presumably relates to a proposal put before the Department some time ago for using the Cavan Leitrim and Roscommon Railway for the conveyance of mails to and from Belturbet, Swanlinbar, &c. Inquiry showed, however, that the suggested service would afford on the whole inferior accommodation to that already provided, and the Department was therefore unable to entertain the proposal.