§ MR. NANNETTI
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the contract for the supplying of the 2,000 caps to the telegraph messengers in Ireland has been transferred to England; and whether, seeing that the contract for caps and boots for these messengers, which are now manufactured in this country, was previously executed in Ireland, and that this is purely Irish work for use in Ireland, he will have it executed in that country in future.
I invited separate tenders for the shakos and caps required in Ireland in the hope that I might be able to place the contract in that country. Unfortunately the only tender I received was at so high a rate that I could not accept it. For telegraph messengers' boots also I received only one tender from Ireland, and there again the rates quoted were too high for acceptance.