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Postal Packets (Examination)

Volume 446: debated on Wednesday 28 January 1948

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98.

asked the Postmaster-General whether all, or only a proportion of registered letters from England to Eire and Northern Ireland are being opened for examination; and if all registered letters to all other countries are also opened for examination.

There is no general examination of correspondence, registered or otherwise, from England to Eire or to Northern Ireland. If the hon. and gallant Member is referring to postal packets containing lottery matter which are stopped from time to time, these are stopped irrespective of country of destination under special warrants issued in pursuance of prerogative powers referred to in Section 56 of the Post Office Act, 1908. As regards the second part of the Question, registered letters for other countries are opened for Customs examination if the Customs authorities so require.