HC Deb 22 November 1927 vol 210 cc1605-6

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the inconvenience caused in rural areas in cases where money is sent by telegram, owing to the Regulation that the addressee must himself collect the sum at the post office; and whether, in cases where the post office is situate some miles from the addressee's residence, arrangements could be made to forward the amount to his address by registered letter and thus enable him to get the money sooner?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir William Mitchell-Thomson)

The answer is rather long and perhaps my hon. and gallant Friend will allow me to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer :

When money is transmitted by telegraph money order the sender can either direct that it be called for at a post office or that it be sent to the payee at a given address. In the former case the sender must advise the payee of the despatch of the remittance and payment will only be made at the named post office to the payee upon proof of identity or to some person duly proved to be authorised on his behalf. In the latter case the telegraph money order is delivered by telegraph messenger at the payee's address. In this case also it is not necessary for the payee to attend in person at the office of payment, and if the order is properly receipted by the payee it can be presented by another person, but that person must be able to furnish the name of the remitter. I am afraid that the conditions under which the money order service is carried on in this country render impracticable the introduction of any arrangement for the delivery of the money at the address of the payee by registered post or otherwise.