HC Deb 23 December 1830 vol 2 c63
Mr. A. Duncombe

presented a Petition from the inhabitants of Belgrave-square, and its vicinity, praying for an early delivery of letters, and that the post should be two-penny instead of three-penny. The Post-office collected a large revenue from the inhabitants of this metropolis, and parties situated as the inhabitants of Pinlico were, lost half its benefits. The addition to the revenue made by the extra rate of postage was very small, and if it were to be continued, at least more accommodation should be given. The hon. Gentleman asked the noble Lord (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) whether any measure on this subject was in contemplation.

Lord Althorp

said, that this subject was at this time, under the consideration of his noble friend, at the head of the Post-office. He was anxious that the greatest economy should be practised; but it was not inconsistent with economy that duties should be well performed; and part of these duties was, that letters should be delivered speedily in every part of the metropolis. It might not, however, be deemed unfair that rales should vary in proportion to distances. The question, however, was now under consideration, and he hoped, by the time they met again, that a satisfactory arrangement would be entered into.