HC Deb 29 January 1897 vol 45 c783

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, will he explain why the rate of postage on a parcel sent from Malta to Gibraltar is 7d. per pound, so that a parcel weighing five pounds would be charged 2s. 11d., whereas a parcel weighing five pounds can be sent from Malta, past Gibraltar, to Edinburgh, Dublin, or elsewhere in the United Kingdom (or vice versa, from the United Kingdom to Malta) at a charge of 2s., namely 8d. for the first and 4d. for each additional pound; and, whether he will use his influence to secure a reduction of the rate from Malta to Gibraltar to that from Malta to the United Kingdom?


The Postmaster General does not know the reasons of the Government of Malta for maintaining the scale mentioned. He will, however, make inquiry on the subject; but until he knows what the views of the Colonial Government are, he cannot pledge himself to try to influence them. I must, however, warn my hon. Friend that would be equally valid against the measure advocated by the hon. Member for establishing Imperial penny postage; for, if that were done, a letter sent through Italy to Malta would cost the sender id., while a letter sent by the same mail only as far as Italy would cost him 2½d.