HC Deb 31 March 1925 vol 182 cc1105-6
72. Major GLYN

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is prepared to con Hider such revision of the existing rates charged for the address for inland telegrams as that names of towns consisting of more than one work shall, in all cases, be counted as one word, whether or not the Postal Guide shows such towns as having a hyphen between each word?


My hon. and gallant Friend seems to be under a misapprehension. The name of any town or village in the Kingdom is already chargeable as one word in the address of an inland telegram, even if the name consists of more than one word; and the use of hyphens in the Post Office Guide has no bearing on the charge in such cases.

73. Major GLYN

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the revision of the existing rate charged for addresses of inland telegrams so that the title of the street, square or place shall be counted as one word for purposes of charging, irrespective of the actual number of names that title includes, and that the word street, square, etc., shall be counted as part of the title, in view of the disadvantage under which residents in houses situated in long-titled localities now suffer?


I regret I cannot authorise the concession asked for by my hon. and gallant Friend, which would practically amount to charging a uniform charge of two words for the address, irrespective of the number of words which had in fact to be telegraphed.


Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to consider the suggestion adopted by more than one foreign country, of allowing names and addresses to go free?