§ MR. HOGAN
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he has seen, at page 24 of the recently issued Consular Report on Southern Italy, the statement that hardly a day passes on which surcharged letters are not left at the Consulate, many if not most of them for seamen, to whom the payment of threepence per letter is a severe tax; and whether any steps are practicable that would remedy this grievance.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HANBURY,) Preston
Notices have been exhibited in every post office warning the public that penny postage is only applicable to certain specified parts of the British Empire, and that for all other parts of the world, including of course Italy, the 2½d. rate remains unchanged. The correct rates are duly set forth in the Postal Guide, which may be seen at any post office in the United Kingdom; and several communications have been sent to the newspapers on the subject.