HC Deb 01 July 1907 vol 177 cc365-6

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if the Post Office practically delivers the circulars advertising the Hamburg and other German lotteries without receiving any payment for the services rendered, as the German Post Office is not required to perform this duty in respect of similar English circulars; and whether he can take any steps to remedy this state of affairs and save the expense and loss occasioned to our Post Office.


Lottery circulars sent in open covers, and thus recognised as lottery circulars, are not delivered at all. If the closed letters from Germany for this country include lottery circulars, the Post Office has not the means of knowing what are the contents, and must deliver them like other letters.

MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that a large number of enclosed letters dealing with these lotteries were posted in English towns.


said he was fully aware of that, but the position he had taken up, which he thought the House would probably endorse, was that if letters wore sealed it would not be right for the Postmaster-General to open them, but if they were unsealed they could always be stopped.