HC Deb 18 October 1912 vol 42 cc1604-6W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that inconvenience has been caused to the public through the closing of the Beattock Post Office on Wednesday afternoons; and whether he can make arrangements for the sale of stamps and postal orders, etc., and the transmission of telegrams at this post office in future on Wednesday afternoons?


The business formerly done at Beattock Post Office on Wednesday afternoons was very small, and, as the shopkeepers at Beattock close early on that day, I do not think that much inconvenience results from the weekly half-holiday at the post office, which has j been in force since August, 1911. Tele-grams for Beattock are delivered on Wednesday afternoons from Moffat (two miles, distant) without extra charge. The practice of allowing rural post offices to close early on one day a week, which was introduced upon the recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee on Post Office Servants of 1907, is in force at many post offices throughout the United Kingdom.