HC Deb 15 November 1937 vol 329 c23
41. Mr. R. J. Taylor

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the possibility of allowing free postage on embossed literature for the blind?

Major Tryon

The present rates of postage on articles for the use of the blind are markedly lower than the normal postage rates and are designed to ensure, as far as possible, that a blind person shall not be penalised on account of his infirmity as compared with the general public. For example, the special rate for blind literature weighing up to 2 lbs. is only a id. whereas the ordinary parcel rate would be 6d. Legislation would be necessary for total remission of postage on blind literature and though I sympathise with the hon. Member's object, I regret I am unable to grant the suggested further concession.

Mr. Taylor

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that this small charge to the Post Office would be a tremendous boon far outweighing the cost, and would also give satisfaction to the public who are interested in the blind?