§ MR. KING (Cheshire, Knutsford)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if he can give any figures to show the increase in the postage of British magazines to Canada since the reduction in the postal rate in such articles.
§ THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. SYDNEY BUXTON,) Tower Hamlets, Poplar
I am glad to say that the Canadian magazine post instituted last May is fully realising the objects for which it was instituted. It has lead to a remarkable increase in the number of British magazines, periodicals, and trade journals sent from the United Kingdom to Canada. It is estimated that the increase in the yearly number of British publications sent to the Dominion is some six millions per annum. I am, moreover, informed, on good authority, that the increase has been greatest in the case of magazines of high class. This is, I think, not the least satisfactory feature of the new post.