HC Deb 06 August 1940 vol 363 cc37-8
62. Mr. James Hall

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will consider making arrangements to permit British troops to send letters marked "On active service, soldier's letter," at the old postage rate of I½d.?

Captain Crookshank

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Coventry (Captain Strickland) on 18th June last.

Mr. Turton

Would it not be possible to have some system like the green envelope system, allowing each man one letter a week either free or at a charge of I½d.?

Captain Crookshank

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will look at the answer to which I have referred him.

Mr. J. Hall

If the right hon. and gallant Gentleman said that a cheap postal rate for soldiers is an impossibility, will he agree to the issue of field cards to help these men out?

Captain Crookshank

That is not the question I was asked. The question was asking that letters should be sent for I½d. and was not asking for field cards.

Mr. Sorensen

Are there any means of assisting soldiers in this matter of postage?