§ MR. WALTER HAZELL
I beg to ask the Postmaster General, whether the large proportion of the Parcel Post Receipts, now taken by the Railway Companies, would in any way prevent the introduction into London, and other populous places, of the system now in operation in Paris, by which a parcel posted in that city will be delivered anywhere in Paris at the rate of 11 lbs. for 2½d., against 1s. 6d. for a similar service in London?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. ARNOLD MORLEY,) Nottingham, E.
The Railway Companies receive a share of the Parcel Post Receipts in respect only of parcels which actually pass over the railway system. The receipts on parcels wholly road-borne are not divided with the Railway Companies. The introduction of reduced rates for local parcels would, however, be contrary to the principle of uniform rates irrespective of distances, which was laid down by 278 Sir Rowland Hill, and which has ever since been applied to the carriage of postal matter.