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Unstamped Postcards

Volume 32: debated on Monday 8 April 1895

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I beg to ask the Postmaster General, under what authority, statutory or other, the fine levied on the delivery of an unstamped postcard amounts to four times the deficient postage, and in the case of an unstamped, or insufficiently stamped, letter, to only twice the deficient postage? and whether he will again consider the propriety of reducing the charge of 2d. for an unstampted postcard weighing a quarter of an ounce, seeing that only 1d. is charged for an unstamped newspaper weighing nearly two ounces?

I am not prepared to recommend that the question of reducing the surcharge referred to should be reconsidered. As I have already told the hon Member, unstamped postcards are treated as letters, according to the practice throughout the Postal Union, and are charged with the same postage as unpaid letters under the authority of a Treasury Warrant of 24th August 1894.