asked the Postmaster-General whether steps can be taken to register the journals of a scientific society published monthly as newspapers, in view of the small cost that would be entailed?
The newspaper rate of postage is confined by Statute to journals published at intervals of not more than seven days. My hon. Friend regrets that he cannot undertake to promote legislation extending the rate to monthly newspapers. Such an extension could not be restricted to the journals in which the hon. and gallant Member is interested, and would involve a considerable sacrifice of revenue on a post which is, and always has been, carried on at a loss.
Can the hon. Gentleman say what the extra loss would be?
I cannot at the moment, but I will have inquiries made.