HC Deb 31 March 1884 vol 286 c1159

asked the Postmaster General, Whether, having regard to the fact that in the larger countries of Europe a lower rate of Inland Postage for printed matter under one ounce than a halfpenny has long since been established, he is prepared to advise the reduction of the rate of Inland Postage on printed matter to one farthing for any single package not exceeding one ounce in weight?


Sir, after giving careful consideration to the suggestion of my hon. Friend that there should be ¼d. rate of postage for printed matter not exceeding one ounce, I have come to the conclusion that it would not be expedient to adopt it. The loss of revenue which would ensue would be considerable, being estimated at certainly not less than £250,000 a-year.