HC Deb 18 March 1940 vol 358 c1628
33. Miss Rathbone

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that those interested in the welfare of Abyssinian refugees in Kenya have appealed for games, illustrated papers and similar small amenities for the use of those in the refugee camps, but that the high cost of postage is a serious difficulty; and whether he will arrange for such parcels to be sent out free or at a reduced charge?

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Captain Waterhouse)

The postage rates on parcels for Kenya are closely related to the costs of handling and conveyance, and my right hon. Friend regrets that he is not in a position to consider the introduction of lower rates exceptionally in the case of parcels for Abyssinian refugees.

Miss Rathbone

Since the refugees are really the charge of the Colonial authorities, could not it be arranged for these small packages to be sent free with any Government stores destined for the Colony?

Captain Waterhouse

That is a different question. I think if we had any surplus funds, for disposal, our first consideration in this direction would be some concession on parcel rates for our own troops overseas.