asked the Postmaster-General if he can explain on what basis his charges are made for postage on parcels, seeing that the charge on an 11-lb. packet to the Ivory Coast is 3s. 3d., to Sierra Leone it is 4s. 9d., to Hong Kong 3s. 9d., and to India 5s. 3d., and why these variations exist?
The rates of postage on parcels for abroad are made up of three items—a fixed charge, irrespective of destination, to cover handling and conveyance in this country, the cost of conveyance by sea, and the sums actually paid to the countries of destination and any intermediate countries through which the parcels may pass. In the cases quoted by the hon. Member the rate payable to the country of destination varies from 6s. to 2s.; there are differences, also, in the cost of sea transport.