HC Deb 12 May 1891 vol 353 cc557-8
MR. BLUNDELL MAPLE (Camberwell, Dulwich)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General if, in view of the great development which has taken place in the Parcel Post, especially in regard to articles of consumption, and that goods, such as dairy produce, tea, coffee, &c., are sold by the pound, it would be possible to arrange that, under the Parcel Post Service, 17 ounces should be considered as each pound, so as to allow for the weight of packing materials; and if, at the same time, the maximum weight under the Parcel Post could be increased from 111bs. to 141bs.?

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

Suggestions for developing the use of the Parcel Post for the conveyance of dairy produce, flowers, &c, were made to me yesterday by a deputation, and I shall be glad to consider that now made by the hon. Member together with them. Similar proposals, I may say, were not unfavourably viewed some years ago by one or more of my predecessors. There is a good deal to be said for the suggested raising of the maximum limit of weight, which, indeed, has been long since proposed from within the Department, but hitherto, Her Majesty's Government has not seen its way to an adoption of the change.