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Printed Papers (Reduced Postage Rate)

Volume 529: debated on Wednesday 7 July 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that many post offices charge a minimum postage rate of 1½d. for packets marked "Printed Papers—Reduced Rate"; and whether he will take steps to ensure that the correct charge of 1d. for the first 2 oz. is made known to Post Office officials, clerks and the general public.

I am sorry to learn that in some instances incorrect information has been given in this matter, and all counter officers are being reminded of the reduced rate.

Can the hon. Gentleman say when that reminder was given to them? Is he aware that I hold in my hand a publication weighing less than 2 oz., marked correctly "Printed Paper—Reduced Rate," and that in the past week a charge of 1½d. has been demanded in no fewer than five London Crown post offices, and that an inquiry at the General Post Office headquarters also elicited a request for a minimum payment of 1½d.? Will the hon. Gentleman see that the fact is made known to the general public and to his staff that we still have a form of 1d. post in this country?

I am grateful to the hon. Member for having pointed this matter out to me. We have issued a notice, in the ordinary weekly circular which goes out today, to all post offices throughout the Kingdom.