HC Deb 29 August 1893 vol 16 c1340
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether instructions were issued to Postmasters to accept notices of objection to voters, if prepaid with a postal fee of one halfpenny and a registration fee of 2d. in accordance with Postal Regulations; and whether in eases where a prepaid postal fee of 1d. and a registration fee of 2d. has been paid, he will order the repayment of the halfpenny overpaid in each case of objection to the person by whom the objection was issued?


Notices of objection to voters are transmissible at the halfpenny rate when they comply with the Rules as to circulars—i.e., when they contain no written matter except the date of despatch, the name, address, and description of the sender, the name of the addressee, and any necessary corrections. The Post Office Regulations do not require registration. Some of the notices posted this year did comply with these Rules, but others did not, and the latter were liable to letter postage. It was not considered necessary to issue general instructions to Postmasters on this point; but if the hon. Member will give me the particulars of any cases in which the higher rate of postage has been paid unnecessarily the matter shall be inquired into.