HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 c1760
39. Major Nield

asked the Postmaster-General if he will consider reducing the charges for sending air letters and air-graphs to and from members of the Forces serving overseas.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Robert Grimston)

Any reduction in the charge of 6d. for an air letter posted in this country would I fear increase the mail loads beyond the limits of the aircraft capacity available. The number of air letters sent from the Forces overseas is controlled by a rationing system, and it has therefore been possible to fix the charge at 3d. I think the charge of 3d. for airgraphs to and from the Forces overseas is reasonable, having regard to the actual costs of operating the service.

Major Nield

Would my hon. Friend estimate the additional cost of reducing air letters from 6d. to, say, 3d.?

Mr. Grimston

I could not do that without notice.

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