§ 42. Mr. PENNY
asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the introduction in Belgium of an innovation in the way of telegrams printed on paper de luxe for marriage and birth announcements and other congratulatory messages, the extra charge for which is to be devoted to various charitable objects; and whether he will consider following the example in this country?
§ The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Hartshorn)
I do not think the demand for special forms such as the hon. Member suggests would be sufficient to justify the cost of printing and distributing them among 10,000 telegraph offices. Any additional revenue derived from them would 225 be paid into the Exchequer and could not be diverted to charitable objects without specific Parliamentary authority.
§ Mr. PENNY
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that a tremendous number of congratulatory telegrams will be sent from this country when the Conservative party come into power?