HC Deb 05 June 1896 vol 41 c504

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that circulars produced from the original or primary typewriting by means of carbon paper, and posted in batches of twenty, are charged as so many letters, contrary to the official notice admitting at the circular rate copies produced by means of a mechanical process from type-written originals; and, whether he will give directions that batches of twenty carbon copies shall be charged for as circulars?


The Postmaster General is aware that circulars such as the hon. Member describes have hitherto been charged with letter postage, it having been held that they were typewritten and not produced by a mechanical process from type-written, originals, as required in the official notice referred to. The question is, however, a nice one, and, under the circumstances, the Postmaster General has decided to allow these circulars to pass at the halfpenny rate for postage if posted in batches of not less than twenty identical copies.

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