HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 cc340-1
130. Mr. STANTON

asked the Undersecretary for War if his attention has been called to the fact that soldiers' parcels are charged for at the rate of 1s. 4d. per 7 lbs. weight; that it was formerly 1s. 4d. for 14 lbs.; and whether, in view of the hardship inflicted by this increase of charge upon the poor relatives of our soldiers at the front, he will see that this is altered?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Illingworth)

The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The rates on parcels for the British Armies in France are 1s. up to 3 lbs. and 1s. 4d. from 3 lbs. to 7 lbs. These rates have been unaltered since the beginning of the War. The rates for troops serving in more distant theatres of war are the same for parcels up to 3 lbs., but are rather higher for parcels between 3 lbs. and 7 lbs. Parcels exceeding 7 lbs. cannot be sent by parcel post.