HC Deb 05 March 1900 vol 80 c41
MR.MALCOLM (Suffolk, Stowmarket)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that telegrams arriving at the House of Commons directed to Members after 7.30 p.m. on Wednesdays are returned to the West Strand Office; that such telegrams are thus delayed in delivery about fourteen hours; and whether he could arrange that such telegrams, at least during the present anxiety for news from the front, should be accepted and redirected to Members' private addresses without delay.


After 7.30 p.m. on Wednesdays, telegrams in respect of which no special instructions have been given by Members to the Postmaster of the House of Commons are not sent to the House of Commons at all, but are dealt with at the West Strand Office, where measures are taken to have them posted to the private addresses of Members. Unfortunately these measures have sometimes failed to get the telegrams included in the first morning delivery, but the Postmaster General has now given instructions which will secure their inclusion in this delivery in future.