HC Deb 12 July 1944 vol 401 c1730
34. Sir Charles Edwards

asked the Postmaster-General if he will state the charges made for sending parcels to soldiers in France; is he aware that parcels have been put on the scales and the sender told it would cost 4d., but when Army Post Office was noticed the sender was told it would cost 7½d.; and, as this is constantly happening, will he take steps to rectify this.

The Postmaster-General (Captain Crookshank)

The postage rates on parcels for all His Majesty's Forces abroad are 3 lb. 9d.; 7 lb. 1s. 6d.; 11 lb. 2s. 0d; 22 lb. 3s. 6d. The packet to which the hon. Member refers appears however to have been sent by letter post, and to have been about 7 oz. in weight. On a letter packet of this weight, the postage at the inland rate would be 4d., whereas the cost at the overseas Forces rate would be 7½d. Post office counter clerks have been fully instructed in regard to the appropriate rates.