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First And Second Class Mail

Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proportion of letters were posted first and second class, respectively, in 1973, 1974 and since 17th March 1975.

The Post Office informs me that the proportions were as follows:

First Class Per cent.Second Class Per cent.
1972–7346·153·9
1973–7446·653·4
1974–7546·253·8
I am not in a position to give comprehensive figures of the proportions posted since 17th March. The figures available, based on statistical sampling methods, cover the period 31st March to 3rd May when the proportions were first class, 44·4 per cent., and second class, 55·6 per cent.