HC Deb 10 March 1899 vol 68 cc436-7
MR. SIDEBOTHAM (Cheshire, Hyde)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, why the Post Office is giving notice of its intention to refuse to deliver all telegrams which have for an address merely the surname of the addressee and the post town in which he lives; whether in cases in which there is only one person of the name living in the district, and that person has only one residence, and that residence is perfectly well known, the requirements of the Post Office that the address should contain the necessary particulars to insure delivery without difficulty and without inquiries or references to directories are not complied with, why, in such cases, the registration of the address and the payment of it fee of one guinea should be demanded; and whether the Post Office is not bound to deliver a telegram in cases where there can be no doubt as to the person for whom it is intended?


The Post Office has not recently issued any general notice on the subject to which the honourable Member refers. Probably he has in view some particular case, and if he will bring it to the Postmaster-General's notice inquiry will be made into the circumstances. The Telegraph Regulations require that the address of a telegram shall be sufficient to enable delivery to be effected without difficulty or delay, and unless the Regulations are complied with the Postmaster-General is not bound to deliver a telegram.