§ 22. Sir GERALD HURST
asked the Postmaster-General what is the average loss per packet sustained by the Post Office in carrying open packages, with printed papers, now subject to halfpenny stamps; and if he will consider the desirability of penny postage an such packages with a view to increasing the revenue?
§ Mr. WHITE
As my right hon. Friend stated on the 14th of September in reply to a similar question by the hon. Member for Barnstaple (Sir B. Peto), it is broadly estimated that the average loss on each 1263 printed paper packet is about one-fifth of a penny. It is not proposed to increase the present rate of postage; any increase would certainly cause a heavy fall in traffic.