§ MR. GILHOOLY (Cork County, W.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a letter posted in Skibbereen, for Baltimore, in time for the down train leaving Cork at noon is 98 not delivered until the following morning. I though postal officials meet the train at 2.8 p.m., and could deliver a bag for Baltimore without additional expense; and that a letter posted at Baltimore, for Skibbereen, in time for the 11.30 a.m. train is taken to Cork and sent back to Skibbereen in the evening, notwithstanding the fact that postal officials meet the train at Skibbereen and could with, out further expense take a bag from there to the post office; and whether, in view of the fact that towns of less importance than Baltimore in the neighbourhood have a mid-day mail, he will have the existing one continued during the year in Baltimore.
§ THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Lord STANLEY,) Lancashire, Westhoughton
The facilities asked for could not be given without expense, and, as I informed the hon. Member on 7th ult., I regret that the cost of the existing posts is so high in proportion to the amount of correspondence as to preclude further expenditure Apart from considerations of expense, the correspondence available for the suggested bags between Baltimore and Skibbereen is too small to justify their institution.