HC Deb 26 April 1909 vol 4 c153W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a series of robberies of money from registered letters addressed by dockyard men, temporarily employed at Gibraltar, to members of their families resident at Sheerness and other dockyard towns, has recently taken place; whether the postal authorities have in such cases refused compensation on the ground that they have no responsibility for the loss, and whether he will, either alone or in concert with the Admiralty, take steps to prevent such robberies in the future?


I am aware that the losses referred to by my hon. Friend have recently been taking place; but, unfortunately, under the regulations of the Postal Union, no compensation is payable in respect of a registered letter whose contents are lost or abstracted. The losses have not taken place in this country, but I have taken steps which will, I hope and believe, prevent their recurrence.