§ SIR G. BADEN POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether the Australian Governments have yet decided to adopt the reduction of the rate of postage to the United Kingdom to 2 ½d.; and, if so, whether they have attached any conditions to such decision?
§ MR. RAIKES
I have much pleasure in informing my hon. Friend and the House that, according to a telegram received on the 29th of May, the majority of the Australian colonies, as represented in a Postal Conference at Adelaide, have announced their intention to adopt the reduced postage of 2½d. for letters to this country. They have, at the same time, made certain other proposals; but the telegram does not make it clear that their acceptance of the 2½d. rate is conditional on the adoption of these proposals, which are at present under discussion.