HC Deb 19 June 1899 vol 72 cc1493-4

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, whether he is aware that complaints have been received front some of the inhabitants of Lanes-borough in reference to the defective postal and telegraphic arrangements, alleging that the arrangements are inferior to those which existed in the place a century ago; and whether he will consider the advisability of improving them by the establishment of a telegraph office and a postal delivery in connection with the mail each morning from either Roscommon or Longford, which would enable English and "Cross Post" local letters to he received on the day after being posted, instead of two days as is the case at present.


I shall be obliged if the hon. Member can give me fuller information as to the better telegraphic arrangements which are stated to have existed in the exceptional village a century ago. A telegraph office was offered under guarantee in November last, and the Postmaster-General will be happy to have the extension carried out as soon as the terms are accepted. The mail car for Lanesborough now leaves Longford at 6 a.m., but it could not be despatched until 9.50 a.m. if it were to await the arrival of the English mail. The later delivery which would result from the later despatch of the car from Longford would probably give rise to serious complaint on the part of some of the residents, and such an alteration could not be made unless ample evidence were adduced that it would give general satisfaction. The existing post to Lanesborough does not pay its expenses, and for this reason a second service on week days or a Sunday service is not warranted.