HC Deb 05 May 1898 vol 57 cc386-7

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he will allow "Charing Cross" to be placed in the same category as "Llanfairpwllywyngyll," and counted as one word in telegrams; what would be the estimated loss to the Department by allowing "Kentish Town" to be charged as one word; and whether he is aware that "St. Peter" is charged in telegrams as one word, but "Saint Peter" as two words?


The rule that the names of separate towns and villages should be treated as one word is, I think, both reasonable and easily understood. If parts of towns are treated as one word it practically means charging as one word the whole of the address except the name of the addressee. The only possible estimate that can be made of the probable loss on charging Kentish Town as one word is ½d. each time that district is mentioned in a telegram. Names with the prefix "St." are treated as similar names with the prefix "O"' or "Mac."