HC Deb 02 May 1892 vol 3 c1754
MR. LAWSON (St. Pancras, W.)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether the notices sent out by a Benefit Society, such as the Goldsmiths' and Jewellers', are to be considered circulars or letters; and whether he will issue a general instruction, so that a uniform practice may be carried out at the various offices, and thus avoid the inconvenience caused by different interpretations of the Post Office Regulations?


The notices sent out by Benefit Societies are treated in the post as circulars, passing at a halfpenny, provided that the statement of account is distinct from the circular. The Society in question does not appear to have conformed to this rule, with which I understand that generally the Friendly Societies are well contented. It is a modification expressly designed in their interest. The instruction issued is quite definite, but there has been in some cases a failure to comply with it. There is a substantial reason for the requirement; for if such circulars were allowed to contain varying particulars, all others must be allowed the same latitude, and a considerable loss of revenue would result.