HC Deb 02 July 1897 vol 50 cc974-5
MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, is he in a position to say when the house-to-house delivery of letters in the rural districts of Ireland will be commenced?


The Surveyors have been directed to submit, and, as a matter of fact, have begun to submit, their proposals for extending the delivery of letters throughout the United Kingdom in accordance with the promises of the Budget Speech, and these proposals, after their examination in the Secretary's Office, will be carried into effect without any unnecessary delay. I must remind the hon. Member however, that, as my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated in his Budget Speech, the work of extending the deliveries to all parts of the country will occupy a considerable time, and cannot possibly be completed within the present financial year.