HC Deb 01 July 1897 vol 50 c866

On behalf of the hon. Member for Ross and Cromarty, I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that, although the population of the Island of Lewis is nearly 30,000, there are only six money order offices in the island and only ten other offices at which postal orders can be purchased; and, in view of the difficulty which the people experience in remitting money in payment of their rates and for other purposes, will he arrange for more money order offices and for additional offices where postal orders may be purchased?


The Postmaster General regrets to find, from the returns taken at those post offices in the Island of Lewis which are not now money order offices, that he would not be justified in opening any of them for money order business except under guarantee. Inquiry shall be made, however, whether the sale of postal orders can be extended to some of the offices where they cannot now be purchased.