HC Deb 28 February 1905 vol 141 cc1453-4

To ask the Postmaster-General whether favourable consideration has been given to the question of the transfer of that part of the Post Office Savings Bank dealing with Irish accounts from London to Dublin; and, if so; when it is proposed to effect the change.

(Answered by Lord Stanley.) As the hon. Member was informed in reply to a Question on June 30th,† 1903, it is more convenient and economical to keep the Savings Bank accounts at one central institution; and greater facilities are afforded in this way for making or withdrawing deposits at any office in the United Kingdom than would be possible if the Irish accounts were dealt with in Dublin. It is not, therefore, proposed to make any change in the present system.


To ask the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that the Irish postal orders paid in Great Britain, and vice versa, form a very small percentage of the whole, he will arrange, in the interests of economy, to have all the clerical work in connection with Irish postal orders done in Dublin.

(Answered by Lord Stanley.) The present system, under which all postal orders form a continuous series and are audited in London, is at once the most economical † See (4) Debates, cxxiv., 797. † See (4) Debates, cxxiv., 926. and the most convenient, and I see no reason to make any change.