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Transatlantic Mail

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Postmaster-General, in view of the removal of the censorship on letters to the U.S.A., how long letters sent by air and sea, respectively, will be in transit to America in future; and whether there is any prospect of reducing the air-mail surcharge of 1s. 3d.

Apart from any interruption of the Transatlantic air services by weather conditions, letters sent by air mail should now reach New York from two to five days after posting. Surface correspondence is despatched by the best available outlets and the time of transmission at present varies from nine to 16 days. I regret that my right hon. and gallant Friend is not able to reduce the charge of 1s. 3d. per half ounce.