§ MR. CHARLES NICHOLSON (Yorkshire, W.R., Doncaster)
To ask the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the application made by 698 the parish council of Wales, Kiveton Park, near Sheffield, to have the Kiveton Park Colliery post office made a postal telegraph office as well; whether he is aware that the parish council of Wales have offered to guarantee the authorities against loss under the provisions of The Post Office Amendment Act, 1895; and what steps he proposes to take, if any, to meet the request of the Wales parish council.
§ (Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton): I have inquired into the matter. The Wales Parish Council have offered the usual guarantee for the extension of telegraph business to the post office at Kiveton Park Colliery. I find, however, that the nearest telegraph office is only about three-quarters of a mile distant, that the transaction of telegraph business there is at present unremunerative, and that the number of telegrams which would probably be sent from the proposed new office is less than three a week. Under these circumstances I regret that I should not be justified in complying with the request of the parish council.