HC Deb 29 April 1898 vol 56 cc1538-9

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, if he will explain why no provision has yet been made for the sale of stamps, postcards, and postal orders at Euston, Victoria, Paddington, and other principal British railway stations, although such facilities have long existed at many of the chief Continental stations; and whether, if no satisfactory arrangement can be made for the utilisation of the railway bookstalls, he will allow a postal employee to cry stamps and postcards for sale as newspapers and refreshments are cried?


I told the honourable Member on the 22nd July last that it had not been found practicable to provide for the sale of stamps, etc., at railway stations, but that the Postmaster General would be very glad if arrangements could be made at the bookstalls of Messrs. Smith and Son, or others, for such sale. At present no arrangement of the kind has been found possible. The number of persons anxious to buy stamps on the platforms is not so great as to require that postal employees should be specially engaged to cry stamps and postcards to the travelling public as newspapers and refreshments are cried. There are, besides, post offices close to most the principal termini.