HC Deb 15 November 1918 vol 110 cc3097-8
14. Mr. D. WHITE

asked the Postmaster-General whether, in exercising the right of free postage conferred by Section 33 of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, a candidate is entitled, besides setting out on the envelope the name and address of the addressee and the words "Election Communication," to add "with his compliments," or words to that effect?


The re is no objection to an addition of this kind, provided it is confined to the left-hand half of the envelope.

15. Mr. WATT

asked the Postmaster-General whether, if, in addition to the free postage to which a candidate is entitled under Section 33 of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, a candidate sends out a second postage containing a printed or mechanically-reproduced letter with a polling card indicating to the particular voter his or her number on the register and polling place, these enclosures may be sent by open ½d. post or whether the postal rate will be 1½d.?


A polling card printed in ordinary characters with blanks for the voter's number and polling place is transmissible at the printed paper rate of ½d. for 1 oz. if sent in an unsealed packet. Cards accompanied by communications, printed in imitation of typewriting or reproduced from a typewritten original, are also transmissible at the printed paper rate if handed in specially at a post office as explained at page 12 of the "Post Office Guide," and if the communications contain no blanks to be filled up.


Does the same observation apply to facsimile handwriting?


That is such an important matter to so many hon. Members that I must have notice of that question.