HC Deb 20 November 1888 vol 330 c1662

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that in France, Germany, and Italy single post-cards may be purchased for their face value; if there is any reason why the public should not be allowed to supply its own post-cards, putting on them halfpenny adhesive stamps; and whether he is aware that this privilege exists, under proper regulations, in many foreign countries?

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

The facts are, I believe, as stated in the first and third paragraphs of the hon. Member's Question. With regard to the second paragraph, I beg to state that the question of allowing ordinary cards, bearing a halfpenny postage stamp, to pass as post-cards, was carefully considered by the late Mr. Fawcett; but that it was not then deemed expedient to sanction such an arrangement. I am, however, now engaged in considering whether any variations from the existing system can be advantageously adopted.