§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH: (Fermanagh, N.)
To ask the Postmaster-General, why the Post Office at Belturbet, county Cavan, refuse to re-direct letters to the Rev. Mr. Beckett, Killinbere Rectory, Virginia, county Cavan, from his previous address at Belturbet, which he states he has permanently left; is it open to the local postmaster to decide that the reverend gentleman has only temporarily left Belturbet and to refuse on that ground, quoting from page 22 of the Postal Guide, when the reverend gentleman himself has written expressly that his change of address is permanent.
(Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) The Rev. Mr. Beckett's request for official re-direction was refused in the first instance because the landlady at his lodgings at Drumosladdy, Belturbet, was willing to re-direct his letters. The Post Office does not undertake the re-direction of correspondence addressed to lodgings when arrangements can be made for the re-direction to be performed at the place of address. It is understood, however, that the landlady has since refused to carry out the arrangement, and the circumstances seem to justify a relaxation of the rule in this case. Instructions have therefore been given for Mr. Beckett's letters to be re-directed at the Drumosladdy Post Office.