I desire to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will state the nature of the regulations he has framed, if any, to ensure that the frank is not improperly used by Junior Lords of the Treasury when writing to congratulate their constituents on the fact of their being about to benefit by the efforts made during many years past to secure them old age pensions?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Charles Hobhouse)
Regulations circulated to heads of Public Departments on 30th April, 1898, contain the following rule, viz.:—"No letter may be certified or posted as official, for transmission free of postage, unless its contents are sent upon the public service." The interpretation of the Rule must necessarily be left to some extent to the discretion of individual officers and Ministers.