asked the Minister for the Civil Service what was the stock of prepaid envelopes and cards, etc. held by Her Majesty's Government at 17th March 1975; if he has taken any steps to pay the increased postage rates which fell due from that date; and what was the cost.
There are no central records of the stock of prepaid stationery; individual Departments are responsible for recording and controlling their own stocks. The current arrangements for repayment by Departments to the Post Office provide for present stocks to be charged at the new rates. For Government Departments the rates are increased by 49 per cent. for letters and 51 per cent. for parcels.