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THE THIRTIETH ANNUAL REPORT of
Her Majesty's COMMISSIONERS for Building New CHURCHES.
[Presented to Parliament by Her Majesty's Command.]
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed,
29 July 1850.
Under 3 oz.
APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE THE QUESTION OF
THE POST OFFICE.
Presented to boty Hanses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
FOR HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.
Appendix A.—Notice to the Public, and Instructions to all Postmasters, Sub-Postmasters, and
Appendix B -Statement showing the exact amount of Sunday Post Office Labour in London on
an ordinary Sunday previously to the 23rd of June, 1850
APPENDIX C.-Replies to Queries as to the effects of the late Change, issued by the Postmaster
General to the Surveyors of England and Wales
the House of Commons subsequent to the 23rd of June, 1850 .
Saturday Evenings, and for Six Tuesday Mornings and Five Friday Evenings,
before and after the 23rd June, 1850 . APPENDIX F.-Précis of the Letters on the Subject of the late Alteration in the Sunday Post
R E P O R T.
TO THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF HER MAJESTY'S TREASURY,
10th August 1850.
Your Lordships are aware that this question has arisen out of a change in the
We understand that, by the reduction of Sunday labour referred to in your Lordships' instruction, is meant a reduction in the Sunday labour as it existed before the 23rd of June.
Prior to that date the state of the Post Office, as regards Sunday labour, was as follows. During the previous two years and a half, the PostmasterGeneral had been engaged in carrying into effect a series of carefully-considered measures, with the view “of affording to all connected with the Post Office “the utmost amount of rest on the Sunday," which, in the opinion of his Lordship, “is consistent with a due regard to public convenience.
These measures are fully described in a Report to the Postmaster-General, of 28th January last, by Mr. Rowland Hill, which has been laid before Parlia- Return to the ment; and a statement is there given of the amount of Sunday relief which House of Commons, had at that time been afforded.
At the date of this Report, the relief was, for the most part, confined to England and Wales; but before the address of the 30th of May, it had been extended to Ireland and Scotland, and some other important improvements, described in the same Report as then in progress, had been completed.
We find that by these several measures, 8,424 persons had been relieved on Sunday to an average extent of nearly six hours each; that the Sunday transmission of numerous mails had been altogether stopped ; that the ordinary rule in the provincial offices was for the office to close finally (except for the receipt and despatch of certain mails) at 10 A.m.; and that the Sunday deliveries had in all cases been reduced to one'; while in the London office, by a transfer of duty to two travelling corps of 5 clerks each, working in the railway carriages -- the one during Saturday night, and the other during Sunday night-the ordinary Sunday force, which was originally 27 men, and which, in October last, was temporarily increased to 52, had been reduced to 4, viz., 1 clerk and 3 Appendix B. messengers. These arrangements, we may add, by reducing to a minimum the letters for London itself brought in on the Sunday, are wholly inconsistent with the possibility of a Sunday delivery in London; a measure indeed, which, as your Lordships are aware, was never even contemplated.
With the view of ascertaining the effects of the late change, which first came into operation on the 23rd June, the Postmaster-General, at our request, called for certain information from the Superintending President of the Inland Office,