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Circulars (Postage Abroad)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1922

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asked the Postmaster-General whether he has taken any steps to prevent the postage of printed circulars and other matter in foreign countries for delivery in this country; whether he can make arrangements under the International Postal Union to stop the postage in foreign countries of large batches of circulars and letters which do not come under the category of ordinary postal matter which is the basis of the union; and, in view of the new postal rates in this country now in force, whether he can make any statement on this matter?

I have taken such steps as are practicable to prevent the posting abroad by British firms of circulars, etc., intended for delivery in this country. The practice, however, does not infringe any provision of the International Postal Conventions. As the posting of circulars abroad was stated to be due to the increase of postage rates in this country, it is to be hoped that the restoration of the ½d. rate for inland printed papers will result in its discontinuance. Should, however, the practice continue, I will consider the advisability of taking powers to deal with it.