HC Deb 12 March 1895 vol 31 c884

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that much dissatisfaction exists with the rules in respect to the cost of postal orders, under which it costs more to transmit sums between 7s. 6d. and 10s. than to send 10s., and costs more to send sums between 15s. and 20s. than to send 20s.; whether he will introduce a revised list and a series of postal orders, based throughout on the amount to be transmitted, so that it I shall no longer, for instance, cost 2d. to send 9s. 6d. and only 1d. to send 10s., or 2½d. to send 17s. 6d. and 1½d. to send 20s.; and whether he will introduce a guinea order, so as to avoid the necessity of purchasing two orders and paying double commission?


Both the points raised by the hon. Member have been more than once the subject of questions in this House. As regards the issue of a guinea order, I find that the hon. Member himself was answered by the then Postmaster General, on 31st March, 1890. An increase in the number of denominations would increase the expense and involve higher rates of commission. Under the circumstances, I am not prepared to support the hon. Member's suggestions.