HC Deb 26 April 1897 vol 48 cc1073-4
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that Mr. Merridew's amended project of reply letter card for international postage is free, from the alleged fiscal objection raised concerning it, which would appear to have no foundation in fact; whether his attention has been directed to the fact that under the proposed system reply letter cards could not be purchased in the cheapest market, as suggested, to the detriment of the British postal revenue; and whether, in presence of the safeguards provided, the Postmaster General would favour the scheme, and direct the British postal delegates to support the adoption of the proposed reform at the coming Postal Union Congress?


The Postmaster General does not regard the amended project as free from the fiscal objections already explained, and cannot undertake, on behalf of a single stationer interested in a particular device, to give any such instructions as are suggested. But the House may rest assured that whatever scheme is put forward at Washington will be discussed on its merits.