HC Deb 05 March 1896 vol 38 cc190-1

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether his attention has been called to the clear, legible, and distinct postmarks, showing the place, date, and hour of sorting, impressed on American letters, as compared with the blurred and frequently illegible postmarks on British letters; whether he will explain why the American stamp, used for a time in the British Post Office, has been discarded; and, whether any official is interested in the sale, or employment of the stamp now used?


Several American stamps, to one of which the hon. Member refers, have from time to time been tried, but none of them have proved to be suitable for adoption, as they failed to insure adequate cancelling of the postage labels in all cases. So far as is known in the Post Office, no official is interested in the sale or employment of the stamps now used.