HC Deb 02 September 1909 vol 10 c566

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a number of parish magazines issued all over the Kingdom are delivered by hand owing to their being charged 1d. postage; and whether he could see his way to place them on the same footing as newspapers?


I have no discretion in the matter. The publications which enjoy the advantages of cheap postage are those which conform to the statutory definition of a newspaper contained in the Post Office Act of 1908, and unless a particular paper conforms to the statutory definition it cannot be conveyed at the cheap rate. But I may point out to the hon. Member that a parish magazine can, under the present half-penny post regulations, be sent for a postage of ½d. if its weight does not exceed two ounces.