§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that the contract to carry parcels and letters to and from Longford Post 464 Office and Longford Railway Station, advertised for last June, was intended to provide a car for the purpose of relieving the local letter carriers from carrying the mails as well as parcels to and from the station, he will explain why the contract actually entered into does not include the mails at 9.13 a.m., 5.0 p.m., and 7.18 p.m., so that the postmen have yet to carry these mail bags up and down the main street of Longford; and whether he will direct that the original arrangement in this matter be carried out.
The station services at the hours mentioned by the hon. Member were not included in the contract, as the weight of the mails at those hours is not such as to necessitate their being conveyed by horse and car. A hand-cart is provided for the purpose where the weight is appreciable, but the postmen apparently prefer not to use it.