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Postal Services

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to ensure that recipients of parcels from overseas are notified of their arrival in this country in those cases where absence from home prevents the delivery of such parcels.

No. I understand from the Post Office that after three unsuccessful attempts at delivery a note is left requesting the addressee to collect the parcel from the delivery office.

The British Steel Corporation is responsible for publishing its own prices, which vary according to size, quality, etc. Comparison with European prices is made difficult by the differences in the specifications in the various countries, but the following table, provided by the BSC, gives a broad indication of the relative levels of published home trade prices in other countries of the European Communities with British Steel Corporation prices on 1st March 1975. It does not cover the prices charged by the United Kingdom private sector producers.