HC Deb 20 July 1909 vol 8 cc261-2

asked the Postmaster-General if his attention had been called to the statement of the acting Consul-General at Tientsin contained in Consular Report, No. 4,275, Annual Series, that letters addressed viâ Siberia reach Tientsin in a little more than half the time taken by letters posted in the United Kingdom without specific direction as to route; and, if this is correct, whether he will assist British trade by forwarding by the quickest route all letters not specifically addressed?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Sydney Buxton)

I am aware that the time of transit to Tientsin by way of Siberia is about half as long a 3 by other routes. The question of making greater use of the Siberian route for letters is engaging my attention.