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Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry, in view of the economic and cultural importance to the United Kingdom of the export trade in books, and the possible effect on this trade of the proposed increase in postal charges on books mailed abroad, if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to reintroduce a special and lower postage rate on the mailing of books.

No. I understand that the Post Office has now put to the Post Office Users' National Council fresh proposals which modify those originally submitted for postal charges on books mailed abroad, and that a reduced postage rate for printed papers, including books, will in any case be retained.