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Postal Privileges (Service Personnel Abroad)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Postmaster-General what changes have been made in the postal privileges afforded to Service personnel abroad; and how much additional revenue will accrue in the present year.

Service personnel in most areas overseas can send letters to the United Kingdom up to two ounces in weight free of postage. Such letters, if not exceeding one ounce, have hitherto been despatched by air so far as air services have been available for their carriage, but as from 1st May air transmission will be accorded to letters (up to one ounce) only on payment of a postage of 1½d. The additional revenue from this charge during the current financial year on letters from areas where the Forces' postal service is provided by the United Kingdom authorities is estimated to be about £500,000, but the service will still not be self-supporting.