HC Deb 21 May 1896 vol 41 cc73-4
MR. T. R. BUCHANAN (Aberdeenshire, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether the privilege of sending telegrams at press rates is accorded to weekly trade journals and refused to monthly trade journals of a similar character; and, whether, as this has been found a hardship, particularly to the journals of the smaller trades, he will consider whether the privilege can be equally extended?


The Postmaster General is not aware that the privilege of sending telegrams at the press rates has been granted to any trade journals other than those which are public newspapers. As to the journals published monthly, I may say that the Acts of Parliament do not recognize as a newspaper any publication which is issued at intervals of more than seven days. I doubt whether Parliament would be prepared to extend a privilege which already subjects the telegraph service to a considerable loss.