HC Deb 14 March 1887 vol 312 cc183-4

asked the Postmaster General, Whether it is the fact that, immediately upon the reduction in price of Vanity Fair newspaper from 1s. to 6d., the Post Office Authorities peremptorily required the publisher to discontinue the use of a printed wrapper which had been in use for the transmission of the newspaper through the post for over 18 years, without any complaint being made of it?


The Regulation to which the hon. Member refers is in no way connected with an alteration in any newspaper. It was considered necessary "some time back," for the duo performance of the sorting duty, to restrict the printed matter on newspaper wrappers to the title and the address of the publisher, and the Warrant proscribing this has been in force since July last. From time to time a question has arisen as to what is really a part of the title of a newspaper. But I should state that an application from the publishers of Vanity Fair was made a fortnight ago; and that, under the representations made, a consent was at once given to the wrappers hitherto used passing unchallenged. I am anxious that the Regulation should not be enforced in a vexatious manner.