HC Deb 06 July 1949 vol 466 c2136
41. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Postmaster-General why a letter posted in Birmingham on 27th May, 1949, by Coronet Limited, addressed to R. S. Cappell, c/o Hotel Francia, Paris, was opened by his officers.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Wilfred Paling)

The letter was opened at the request of the customs authorities under the provisions of the Foreign Postal Packets (Customs) Warrant, 1948, Statutory Instrument, 1948, No. 562.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why this particular letter was selected for this privilege, in view of the fact that it contained nothing except two sheets of notepaper and a pin? Is it a fact that it was selected wholly fortuitiously, or is there any particular reasoning behind the choice of letters?

Mr. Paling

As the hon. Member knows, these foreign letters are opened for the purposes of exchange control; this was done under that authority.