HC Deb 21 April 1890 vol 343 cc972-3

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that British merchants and manufacturers, by posting their trade circulars and specimens of manufactures abroad, are at liberty to make use of unfastened envelopes in place of inconvenient wrappers, which they are compelled to use if posted in the United Kingdom; and whether the postage of ½d. or its equivalent is lost to this country; and, if so, whether, in the interest of the Revenue of the kingdom and for the convenience of British traders, he will cause this inequality to be removed?

*THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES,) University of Cambridge

I am aware that some persons post their circulars, prospectuses, &c, abroad in order that they may use for covers un-fastened envelopes which are not permitted for Book Post matter posted in this country. I am at the present moment considering whether the Book Post rules can properly be modified in this and some other respects.