HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc2372-3
58. Dr. Segal

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether it is permissible for hon. Members to use officially-stamped envelopes in addressing their letters to the Chairmen of Nationalised Industries.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

No, Sir, I am afraid not.

Dr. Segal

Does not the Minister realise that this will be an extra cost out of the pockets of hon. Members, and can he say how far this cost is likely to be increased during the remaining two years of the Government's term of office?

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why these franked envelopes are so much smaller than those normally issued, since they must have considerably more contents?

Mr. Keeling

Will the right hon. Gentleman say what is the practice of these chairmen when they get unstamped letters? Do they have to pay 5d. on them, do they get them free, or do they return them?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I honestly do not know. I am not one of the chairmen. It is quite possible that they are surcharged, but I really do not know.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

In view of the fact that the Minister of Fuel and Power has asked hon. Members to address themselves to the Board and not to him, may we send our letters to the Minister with a request that they be forwarded?