HC Deb 20 April 1931 vol 251 c601
55. Rear-Admiral SUETER

asked the Postmaster-General if he will give an estimate of the amount of revenue that would accrue from the sale of air mail stamps; and what are the reasons which have hitherto prevented the introduction of such a system?


I do not anticipate that any appreciable amount of additional revenue would accrue from the sale of air mail stamps. As regards the second part of the question, the only useful purpose to be served by an air mail stamp would be to indicate that a letter is intended for transmission by air; but as in practice it would be impossible either to limit the prepayment of air mail letters to air mail stamps, or to prevent the use of such stamps on ordinary letters, this purpose could not be attained. The necessary indication is already given clearly and satisfactorily by the blue air mail label, which is prescribed by the International Air Mail Convention and can be obtained free of charge at any post office.


How is it that the Postmaster-General says that there is no advantage to be gained by air stamps when almost every other country in the world is getting great advantages from them?


I am informed that no advantage is gained.