HC Deb 15 March 1887 vol 312 c369

asked the Postmaster General, Is he aware that postal orders for 10s. 6d. cost 1d., while postal orders for 9s. cost 1½;and that postal orders for 20s. cost 1½., while the 19s. 6d. postal orders cost 2½;and, will he take steps to remedy this grievance, or call for suggestions from his officers, with a view to overcome these anomalies?

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

In reply to the hon. Member, I have to state that there are no 9s. or 19s. 6d. postal orders in existence;and that it would be impossible, without increasing the poundage to meet the heavy expense, to issue a multitude of orders so as to include every conceivable sum between 1s. and 20s. It is necessary, in order to send the amounts quoted, to use more than one order;and in such cases the commissions payable for the two orders may not unreasonably exceed the amount payable for only one.