HC Deb 23 May 1895 vol 34 cc102-3

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that a re-directed telegram (which costs a shilling originally for transmission) is treated as an unpaid letter, and a fine of 2d. imposed; and whether he will give instructions that for the future re-directed telegrams sent through the post shall be treated as redirected letters, and no further charges imposed?


A telegram re-directed by post is subject to a charge of one penny, and, if a fine of twopence has in any case been imposed, it has been imposed through an inadvertence which I regret. But I fear that I cannot give instructions for remitting the charge of one penny. To allow documents, which had not been dealt with and passed through the post in the ordinary sense to be treated as re-directed letters would be to open a very wide door, and might lead to frauds on the Revenue which it is my duty to protect.

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