HC Deb 17 June 1913 vol 54 cc205-6
58. Mr. HODGE

asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the moving of war vessels from point to point along the coast line, he will have parcels addressed to those serving on such redirected free of charge?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

If the senders of parcels to any of His Majesty's ships follow the course advised in the Post Office Guide, namely, to address the parcel merely to the ship without the name of the port, so that the Post Office can send the parcel to the port where the ship is expected to be, no charge is now made for redirection unless the parcel has to be sent abroad. But if the senders do not follow the course advised and address parcels to particular ports, which are not the ports where the ships will be, the ordinary rule respecting the charge for redirection must be observed.


I will send the right hon. Gentleman the addressed labels from which he will see that the parcels were properly addressed, and that the ship had only moved twenty miles, yet a redirection fee was charged.


As I pointed out in my answer, persons sending parcels to His Majesty's ships should not address them to the ports.