HC Deb 22 July 1887 vol 317 c1768
MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)

asked the Postmaster General, When the promised pattern post will come again into operation, so as to avoid the serious inconvencience caused to merchants, manufacturers, and others by having to send large parcels of patterns to Belgium and France, for reposting in detail to the United Kingdom, thereby entailing loss also of postal revenue to the British Post Office?

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

The hon. Member is, I have no doubt, aware that I very fully appreciate the inconveniences to which he refers. No time is being lost in the necessary preparations for the Inland Pattern and Sample Post. The precise date of commencement cannot at present be fixed, but it will be the earliest practicable.