§ CAPTAIN CRAIG (Down, E.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the action taken by the postmaster, Mr. Alexander Park, at Bushmills, in respect of the pension warrant of Mr. Hugh McFaull, by refusing as postmaster to deliver the pension warrant to McFaull unless he assented to the deduction by the postmaster of a debt of 17s. due to him in his private capacity as a draper; if the postmaster was justified by the rules of the Department in so acting; and, if not, what steps will be taken to secure that pensions in Bush-mills and elsewhere will reach those entitled without illegal deductions.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
I wrote to the hon. Member recently informing him that in paying Mr. McFaull's pension on the 1st January last, the Sub Postmaster of Bushmills improperly deducted 17s. 2d. in respect of a debt for goods obtained in his shop. The matter was taken up at the time, on a complaint made by Mr. McFaull, and the Sub-Postmaster was reprimanded for his irregular action and required to make good the amount to the pensioner. I have no doubt that the notice which has been taken of the case will prevent cause being given for any similar complaint in future.