HC Deb 10 March 1892 vol 2 cc529-30

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether, now that permission has been given to transmit bookpost matter in open envelopes, he will provide envelopes for sale to the public, and embossed with a halfpenny stamp, and at what rate; whether he will make arrangements for the halfpenny stamp to be embossed on envelopes provided by the public, and what will be the charge for such embossing; and whether, now that adhesive halfpenny stamps may be affixed to open envelopes containing circulars, &c., he will allow such adhesive stamps to be affixed to privately provided postcards?


The expedient mentioned in the first paragraph is being considered with reference to the probable demand. I may mention that the public have never taken much to the Post Office envelopes with embossed penny stamps. If it be adopted there would probably be no objection to emboss private envelopes with a stamp of the same value. The charge for so doing would be settled with the Inland Revenue Department. The question of allowing privately printed cards with an adhesive halfpenny stamp to pass as postcards is still under consideration.