HC Deb 16 February 1904 vol 129 cc1476-7
MR. HEMPHILL (Tyrone, N.)

To ask the Postmaster-General if he can state the grounds of the dismissal of W. H. West from the postmastership of Newtown Stewart, in the county of Tyrone; and whether it is his intention, having regard to the importance of the Newtown Stewart post office district, to appoint an official of the Post Office to the vacant position.

(Answered by Lord Stanley.) Mr. West's office was declared vacant in consequence of certain frauds having occurred in the office which were rendered possible by his general carelessness and laxity of supervision. I have not yet selected a successor, and I am unable to say whether he will be an officer already in the service or not.