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Flowers And Plants (Postal Packets)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 17 March 1943

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asked the Postmaster-General what instructions he has issued to his staff as to the method of enforcement of the warrant Statutory Rules and Orders, 1943, No. 219, whereby he can refuse any postal packet until he is satisfied that it does not contain flowers or plants?

All counter staffs have been instructed to refuse to accept any postal packet tendered which is suspected of containing flowers or flower-plants, until satisfied to the contrary.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will arrange that as a special concession specimens of flowers sent to botanical departments and institutions for scientific purposes can be transmitted through the post?

I am considering this question in conjunction with the Minister of Agriculture, but there are practical difficulties in the way of the course proposed. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as I have had an opportunity of fully considering the matter.