HC Deb 24 February 1896 vol 37 c917

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he has considered the question of supplying the public with postal orders bearing counterfoils, on the plan adopted in certain foreign countries, each counterfoil being marked with the number of the attached order, as well as the amount and office stamp, so as to facilitate detection in case of theft, to relieve the transmitters of small sums from the task of noting these particulars, and to encourage the use of postal orders?


The suggestion is not a new one, and has been frequently considered, but it is found that the arrangement referred to would necessitate the use of larger paper as well as of new and expensive machinery, which would not be justified by the low rate of commission charged for the orders. The senders of postal orders can note the particulars with little trouble, and no expense, whatever, themselves. The change suggested does not appear, therefore, to be necessary.

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