HC Deb 18 May 1896 vol 40 cc1549-50

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that the, postal officials, while allowing the use of an oval stamp to mark the senders name and address on the stamped side of a post card, have recently begun to inflict a fine when the date is also enclosed in such stamp; and whether, in view of the general use of dated address stamps, and the convenience to the public thus afforded, he will direct that, the date, if enclosed in an address stamp, shall in future be allowed to appear on the front of a post card?


There has been no recent alteration of practice in taxing post cards, as might be inferred from the Question of the hon. Member. While the sender's name and address may be impressed with an oval stamp on the front of a post card the addition of a date renders the card liable to charge. The Postmaster General is, however, considering the various regulations bearing on the subject, and until he has had the opportunity of thoroughly investigating them, he wishes to reserve the fullest liberty to maintain any or all of the existing rules