§ MR. MAURICE HEALY
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether the question of improving, the method of transhipping the mails at Kingstown and Holyhead was re-investigated by the Post Office last year; whether any Correspondence then took place between the Postmaster General, the Railway Company and the Steam Packet Company on the subject; whether any attempt has been made to get rid of the difficulties which arose in the year 1890; and whether the later correspondence on the subject (if any) will be published?
The HON. MEMBER
also asked the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, what the difficulty is in improving the system of transhipping the mails at Kingstown and Holyhead; what proposals on the subject have been made and considered; and whether the difficulty has arisen with the Railway Company, the Steam Packet Company, or the Post Office?
§ MR. HANBURY
The question of improving the transhipping the mails at Kingstown and Holyhead has been a subject of consideration by the Board of Trade and the Post Office during the last year, but no definite results have been arrived at. There was no correspondent in that year between the Postmaster General, the Railway Company, and the Packet Company. Nothing has been done towards getting rid of the difficulties which formed the subject of correspondence in 1890. The plan of crates proposed by the Packet Company involved the construction of special vans and the addition of considerable weight to the trains, and the Railway Company would not undertake the responsibility of working the service under such conditions. No fresh methods of transfer free from those difficulties have been suggested. There is no later correspondence on the subject to publish.