§ MR. DUNCAN SCHWANN (Cheshire, Hyde)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General how many sub-offices were closed during the year 1905, and for what reasons.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
During the year 1905, sixteen sub-offices were closed—;eight through lack of suitable candidates, four through lack of business and two in consequence of re-arrangements. Of the remaining two, one was a temporary office and the other was abolished when the whole village was removed for the construction of a new reservoir. I might add that the total number of sub-post offices is nearly 22,000.