§ MR. KENYON (, &c.) Denbigh
asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is acquainted with the system of express letter delivery existing in Belgium; Whether he can hold out any hope that a similar system will before long be adopted in this country; how far the anticipations, formed when the inland pattern and sample post was restored in the latter part of last year, have as yet been realised; and, whether there is reason to believe that the scale of charges laid down has proved satisfactory?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)
I am acquainted with the system of express letter delivery existing in Belgium; but the arrangements in force in that coun- 1384 try are, in some respects, unsuitable for adoption here. I shall, however, shortly have before me the Report of a Committee which I lately appointed to consider in what way similar ends could be attained in this country; and I hope before long to be able to announce a decision in the matter. At the present rate the inland pattern and sample post packets posted during the first year will exceed 2,000,000; and the anticipations formed will, no doubt, before long be realized. I think the large circulation affords sufficient proof that the scale of charges is generally considered to be satisfactory.