HC Deb 19 July 1900 vol 86 cc472-3

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he has examined the correspondence which passed in 1897 and 1898 relative to the appointment of the previous postmistress of Cootehill, county Cavan; and, whether, seeing that a condition requiring her to give up her private business was attached to the appointment, he can state why a similar condition was not attached to the appointment of the present postmaster; and whether he is at liberty to say on the authority of what official his recent statement was made.


There was no condition attached to Miss Corry's appointment such as the hon. Member describes. Miss Corry had no private business, but resided with her relative, the previous sub-postmistress of Cootehill, to whom she acted as assistant. The newly appointed sub-postmaster is not required to give his whole time to the public service, and it is not necessary, therefore, that he should relinquish his business as chemist. My recent reply was given on the authority of the Postmaster General.