HC Deb 14 June 1921 vol 143 cc220-1
29. Mr. MILLS

asked the Postmaster General whether the administrative work, such as payment of old age pensions, Army and Navy allowances, Inland Revenue documents, licences, savings certificates, National Health and Unemployment Insurance, sales of stamps, entertainment stamps, and Income Tax stamps is paid for by the various Departments of State involved or whether these extraneous services are paid for out of sales of stamps and telegrams, etc.?


As explained in my statement on the Post Office Estimate, no part of the charge for the services referred to by the hon. Member falls on the ordinary customers of the Post Office.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the ordinary person fails to read into his speech any explanation of how these expenses are borne by the respective Departments involved?


I am sorry. I thought that I had made it quite clear that the charge of over £5,000,000 is met by the other Departments for whom these services are rendered, that they are shown in the commercial accounts, and that not a penny cost falls on the customers of the Post Office.