HC Deb 04 May 1926 vol 195 cc197-8
43. Sir F. HALL

asked the Postmaster-General whether he proposes to modify the Regulations with regard to the cash on-delivery parcel post so as to prevent the scheme being used by persons and firms who send articles which have not been ordered and, under the arrangements now in operation, in effect compel the recipients to pay for the goods delivered to them?

Viscount WOLMER

The public can readily safeguard themselves against illegitimate trading, as no doubt most people do, by refusing to accept and pay for cash-on-delivery parcels which they have not ordered; but if the practice to which my hon. Friend allude, continues on any appreciable scale I will consider the advisability of amending the trade charge forms so as to include a statement that the goods in question have been ordered. I should, however, inforo my hon. Friend that not a dozen such eases have been brought to my notice, and our experience of foreign cash-on delivery has shown that this form of fraud is not worth anyone's while.