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Postal Frauds (Prevention)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1943

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asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the Federal Government of the United States of America enforces within its own borders a law against using the mails to defraud, which has resulted in extensive extinction of bogus universities in the States; and whether he will put into operation similar methods in order to discourage efforts to transfer these activities to this country?

I have no knowledge of the law or of the practice of the United States Federal Government referred to by the hon. Member. As regards this country, I have no general power to open and detain correspondence and can only do so under a warrant from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department. The suppression of fraud is primarily a matter for the police.