HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 cc1362-3
12. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the Post Office is charging 10s. air mail postage on a single copy of a Croydon weekly newspaper addressed to a member of His Majesty's Forces in Burma; and whether he will reduce this charge to a reasonable amount.

Mr. Burke

Newspapers can be sent by air to the Forces in Burma at the rates applicable to the air conveyance of letters, namely, 1½d. up to one ounce, and, for heavier letters, 6d. for the first 1½oz, and 6d. for each succeeding half-ounce. A charge of as much as 10s. would thus be appropriate to a packet weighing 11 ounces. This seems very high for a single copy of a newspaper at the present time and the charge may have been wrongly assessed. If my hon. Friend will let me have particulars of the packet, including the weight, the address, and the office of posting, I will gladly have inquiry made.