HC Deb 16 April 1907 vol 172 c772

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he will explain why letters addressed to persons who are lodgers cannot be readdressed at the post office; and whether, having regard to the been that the privilege of readdressing letters at the post office has conferred on house-holders, he will consider whether he can extend the privilege to all classes.


I have recently given very careful consideration to the point which the hon. Member raises, but I regret that I do not see my way to extending the scope of official redirection. The work of redirection is already a considerable hindrance to the ordinary work of the postmen; and if it were extended to lodgers' letters serious delay and inconvenience would be caused. There is not the same need for official redirection in the case of lodgers as in the case of householders. In any case in which good grounds are shown for requiring the assistance of the post office in the matter, official redirection is, as far as practicable, undertaken.