HC Deb 28 March 1895 vol 32 cc338-9

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that much irritation is caused by the regulation winch, while permitting a label to be gummed on the address, or front side of a post card, prohibits the attachment of my label or other paper to the back of the card; whether he can see his way to permit cuttings from newspapers, chess problems, or other printed matter to be attached to the backs of post cards without fining the addressee, provided that such cuttings are not larger than the post card itself, and are securely fastened by some adhesive substance, without leaving loose or overlapping edges; and if he cannot give such permission, whether it is permissible, under the Book Post Regulations, to strike out the word "Post card" on a post card, and then to gum a chess problem or cutting from a newspaper on the back, and to transmit such card as book post matter, bearing a halfpenny stamp, as being, in the words of the regulation, "printed matter not being in the nature of a letter"?


The regulations governing the transmission both of foreign and inland post cards, while allowing a postage and revenue stamp, and a small addressed label to be affixed to the cards, forbid the attachment of any other paper or article whatever, and I am not prepared to relax the regulations in the direction desired by the hon. Member. Nor can I consent to allow post cards on which the words-"Post card" have been struck out to be treated as book-packets. Such printed matter as that to which the hon. Member refers can already be sent by book post for a halfpenny, and I have no grounds for thinking that the existing regulations do not sufficiently meet the requirements of the public.