HC Deb 24 February 1896 vol 37 c941

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether an unstamped letter (addressed to any person in the United Kingdom) marked "Registered," and inadvertently dropped into a letter-box, is liable to a fine of 8d. on delivery; and, whether this fine is levied in addition to the ordinary postage?


An unstamped letter marked "Registered" and dropped into a letter-box is liable to a registration fee of 8d. (instead of the ordinary fee of 2d.) in addition to the ordinary postage. In the question put by the hon. Member on Thursday he referred to "a letter enclosed in a registered envelope (for which envelope 2d. has to be paid);" and my reply was that in such a case the registration fee charged to the recipient would be 6d., namely, a fee of 8d., less what had been paid for the registered envelope.