HC Deb 26 October 1899 vol 77 cc728-9
MR. JEFFREYS (Hants, Basingstoke)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he will make arrangements with the Post Office to forward, free of charge, parcels which have to be redirected to soldiers who have removed to other quarters in the service of the Queen.


Under the Inland Post Treasury Warrant of 1897 a charge at the full rate of postage originally payable is made for every redirection of a parcel (unless the original address and the corrected address are in a delivery from the same post office), and this regulation applies to all parcels alike, including Government parcels and parcels for soldiers and sailors. The Post Office has to make payment to the railway companies for each separate conveyance of a parcel, and the Postmaster General regrets that his Department would not be justified in foregoing the fresh postage now levied for redirection on soldiers' as on all other parcels. As regards redirection abroad, a fresh postage is required under the international regulations.