HC Deb 31 March 1890 vol 343 cc300-1

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that large numbers of cheques are drawn for one guinea or two guineas in payment of subscriptions to charitable and other institutions, and greatly to the inconvenience of the bankers; whether he will supply the public with postal orders for one guinea and two guineas respectively; and whether he will extend the time so as to make postal orders payable within 12 months of issue, without fine or increased charge?


I have no information as to the number of cheques drawn for sums of a guinea or two guineas respectively, though I have no doubt that they are numerous, but I know that the idea of introducing a postal order for a guinea had to be abandoned owing to the opposition of bankers. As regards the last part of the question, the hon. Member does not seem to be aware that the limit of time during which postal orders are payable without fine was reduced in deference to the wishes of this House from 12 months to three, when the Act of Parliament was under the consideration of the House.