HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 c1452
51. Mr. Crouch

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider granting the concession of allowing greetings cards to be sent for ld. instead of 1½. during the Christmas period.

Mr. Ness Edwards

No, Sir; it would be impracticable to single out Christmas greeting cards for such a concession.

Mr. Crouch

Would it not be practicable to permit all mail to be sent at the 1d. rate in the 14 days before Christmas? The amount of commercial mail in that period is exceedingly small, and this would be a concession to the old-age pensioners who cannot afford to send cards to all their friends at the present rate.

Mr. Ness Edwards

I should like to make a gesture of that sort, but I must point out to the House that the 1½. rate is already un-remunerative, and I do not think I ought to single out Christmas greeting cards for special treatment.