HC Deb 31 May 1894 vol 25 c23
MR. WOLFF (Belfast, E.)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General why an additional postage is charged on circulars in open envelopes for re-direction from the House of Commons to the private residences of Members; and whether, in view of the number of these circulars received by Members of Parliament, he can see his way to abandon this charge?


Under the present Regulations, which were decided upon by the late Government, all halfpenny postal matter is liable to additional postage when re-directed. I have no power to make an exception in favour of hon. Members.

MR. ROBY (Lancashire, S. E., Eccles)

Could not the charge be remitted on postcards?


And on newspapers too?

MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)

Why not charge an increased rate?


Will the right hon. Gentleman give instructions to the Postmaster not to forward circulars, but to leave them here till called for?


If there is a general wish I will do so, but I believe they are not forwarded at present to Members who do not wish to have them. [Cries of "Yes."] Any hon. Member can ask the Postmaster not to forward them.