HC Deb 20 May 1930 vol 239 c209
41. Major ROSS

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the Canadian mail, delivered in Belfast on Monday, 12th May, had been tampered with; and whether he can give any information about this, or any further information as to the previous interference with Canadian mails for Northern Ireland, which was discovered on the 18th February?


One mail bag from Montreal landed at Southampton was found on arrival in Belfast on the 12th instant to have been tampered with, and a registered packet appears to have been abstracted from it. All proper precautions were taken during the transmission of the bag; and it has not so far been possible to ascertain where the loss occurred. In the previous case to which the hon. Member refers, where a mail bag for Belfast landed at Queenstown was tampered with, the inquiries which have been made in the Irish Free State as well as in Northern Ireland have unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Major ROSS

Is it not a serious reflection on the Investigation Branch of the Post Office that these two rather notable robberies should have so far produced no clue whatever?


I do not think so, if one takes into account the fact that out of several hundred thousands of packages there is only one which the Investigation Department have failed to find.