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Christmas Cards (Postage Rates)

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the Postmaster-General why it costs 2½d. to send a Christmas card to the United States of America by sea mail and 3d. to send a similar card to another part of the United Kingdom.

Christmas cards are charged at the printed papers rates. Those sent overseas enjoy the advantage of the very low printed papers postage rates that we provide in the interests of exports and which were specially exempted from the recent tariff increase. In the inland service this consideration does not apply, and we charge a rate which approximates more closely to the actual cost.