HC Deb 05 July 1888 vol 328 cc431-2

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that at an ordinary stationer's shop a dozen stout post cards can be purchased for 7d., whilst, if obtained at a Post Office, the same articles cost as much as 8d.; whether he can explain this anomaly; and, whether, in the view of the Post Office Authorities, it is necessary, and, if so, in what interest, that such an anomaly should further be continued; and, if not, whether he will insist upon early mea- sures being adopted to do away with the present overcharge at the Post Office?

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

A somewhat similar Question was asked by the hon. Member for North Herefordshire (Mr. Rankin) about a year ago. I then explained that the cards referred to were not those issued by the Post Office; but private postcards, stamped under certain conditions at Somerset House. Until the expiration of the present contract the Post Office is not in a position to reduce the price, of the official postcards. I have been for some time fully sensible of the anomaly to which the hon. Member refers; and my best attention has been given to the subject, in view of seizing the earliest opportunity for terminating it.


Will the right hon. Gentleman state when the contract will run out?


In 1889.