HC Deb 24 March 1927 vol 204 c566
80. Mr. RILEY

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that a parcel of punched paper sent from Germany to a firm in Dewsbury and charged by the Berlin post office at 4s. was surcharged by the British postal authorities 29s. 3d. on its delivery to the consignee at Dews-bury; and can he give any explanation for such a surcharge?

Viscount WOLMER

The two packets to which the hon. Member apparently refers were surcharged because the postage originally paid was insufficient They were sent at the Printed Papers rate; but the contents were not printed papers within the meaning of the international regulations, and they were accordingly liable to letter postage. I may add that the German post office agrees with this decision and explains that the packets were accepted irregularly at the office of posting.


Is the Noble Lord aware that this paper can only be obtained in Germany and that it is used as raw material in British Manufacture which has to compete in a foreign market which is not subject to this large surcharge?

Viscount WOLMER

That is no reason why it should not pay the ordinary postage rate.

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