HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc11-2
35. Mr. John Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if trade calendars can now be sent to foreign countries without prior payment.

Sir S. Cripps

Yes, Sir.

36. Mr. J. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider removing the S.R. & O. which makes it obligatory for a charge to be made when sending out trade calendars, in view of the fact that to comply with this order firms are obliged to write to every customer inquiring if they would like a calendar, involving expenditure and wastage on stamps, envelopes, etc., at a total approximate cost of 6d.

Sir S. Cripps

Since 19th November the gratuitous distribution of trade calendars and other advertising circulars has been permitted up to 20 per cen. of the weight so distributed before the war or 1 cwt. whichever is the greater. Moreover, it is no longer necessary to ask for payment in advance in respect of a circular which may not be gratuitously distributed.

Mr. Bowles

May I ask my right hon. and learned Friend whether I can have back the penny stamp I paid down for a trade diary?

Sir S. Cripps

My hon. Friend had better ask the person to whom he sent it.