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Posting Regulations

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1922

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asked the Postmaster-General whether he will explain fully the new postal Regulations as to posting printed matter and ½d. postcards before 3.30 p.m. daily in London and which Regulation has been made before 1.30 p.m. in some provincial towns; will lie state whether, under these Regulations, all printed papers and postcards posted after these hours must bear further postage stamps and, if so, to what amount, or whether such printed matter and postcards posted after these Regulation hours will only be delayed in delivery; and will he undertake that notices are displayed in the post offices stating exactly what the new Regulation means?

The Regulation to which the hon. Member refers applies only to papers or cards sent at the printed paper rate and prepaid ½d. only; it does not apply to postcards, on which the postage is 1d. The ½d. packets posted after the specified time are not surcharged with additional postage, but are set aside to be dealt with on the following day. Notices on the subject were displayed in the post office windows before the alteration came into force, and a statement was sent to the Press. If the hon. Member has in mind any case in which, in his opinion, the time for posting has been fixed unduly early, and he will give me particulars, I shall be happy to make inquiries.

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of instituting a special tariff for letters from moneylenders, who are flooding Members of this House and the public schools?