HC Deb 28 May 1897 vol 49 cc1515-6
MR. G. B. HUDSON (Herts, Hitchin)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General whether he is aware that the Postal authorities refuse to pay halfpennies in postal orders although a half-penny stamp is affixed to an order, causing inconvenience to those forwarding remittances by post where an exact sum is required, such as in the payment of rates; and whether this rule can be done away with?


The Postmaster General is aware that the payment of halfpennies on postal orders is refused, and he would refer the hon. Member to the rule on the subject which appears at page 435 of the Post Office Guide. One difficulty was that many postal orders were passed through bankers and they did not pay half-pennies. In view of the inconvenience which would arise if the practice were changed, the Postmaster General regrets he is not able to do away with the rule.

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