HC Deb 14 March 1938 vol 333 cc15-6
26. Sir John Mellor

asked the Postmaster General whether his attention has been drawn to the increase in the total cost of postage experienced by certain firms as a result of the Empire air-mail scheme; and whether he will offer alternative facilities at cheaper rates for letters that are not urgent?

Major Tryon

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 3rd February to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall (Mr. Leckie).

Sir J. Mellor

In view of the fact that there is much correspondence which is not urgent and which is not eligible for second-class mail, could the right hon. Member offer some different facilities for such correspondence?

Major Tryon

No, Sir. The whole scheme is based on the plan of having all first-class mails sent by air, and in view of the fact that the reduction on mails sent by air is from 6d. to 1½d., and that the mails go faster by air, I do not think that there is any cause of complaint.

28. Mr. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Postmaster-General on how many occasions mail for East, South, and Central Africa have been offloaded at an intermediate point and carried on by subsequent aeroplane; and what delay has been caused in each case?

Major Tryon

I am having inquiry made and will write to my hon. Friend.

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