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Post Office—Registration Of Letters—Question

Volume 218: debated on Monday 23 March 1874

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asked the Postmaster General, Whether the Post Office, with The sanction of the Treasury, is authorized by any Act of Parliament to charge differential rates of postage, not calculated by weight, upon letters according to their contents, with the view of rendering the registration of letters containing money compulsory?

, in reply, said, that the Post Office authorities had general powers, under the Act of Parliament, to register letters, and the charges were not calculated by weight, but were fixed by the authorities, and from time to time were sanctioned by the Treasury. The authorities were also empowered, in order to prevent the robbery of letters containing coin, to register such letters when the senders neglected doing so, and to charge an extra rate of postage.