asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the exorbitant charge made for air mail, which is 1s. 3d. per half-ounce, or £4,480 per ton; whether he will explain the reason for this; and whether he will take steps for their reduction.
I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Widnes (Mr. Shaw-cross) on this subject on 18th October. My Noble Friend is anxious to reduce the existing air mail postage rates as soon as circumstances permit, but the determining factor for the time being is the amount of aircraft capacity which can be allocated to civil mails.