HC Deb 05 April 1898 vol 56 cc200-1

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General,, whether he is aware that the present illegible postmarks often cause trouble and inconvenience to the public; whether the trials of the various postmark machines for stamping the date, hour, and minute of sorting on postal packets are yet concluded; and when the decision of the Postmaster General will be announced?


The Postmaster General is not aware that the present postmarks on letters are illegible to any considerable extent, or that they often cause trouble and inconvenience to the public. Two American postmarking machines have been tried experimentally, and intimations have been received that two more are about to be submitted for trial. Under these circumstances, no decision on the subject has yet been arrived at. The hon. Member is probably aware that at most offices the hand-stamps now in use do show the date, hour, and minute.