§ 20. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
asked the Postmaster-General why he charges 16s. for sending a special messenger from the House of Commons to Hendon and back while he charges only 8s. for sending such a messenger from Hendon to the House of Commons and back.
§ The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Kenneth Thompson)
We charge only for the distance the messenger travels in the direct service of the user; that is, from the post office from which he starts to the point of delivery.
§ Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
Is it not rather absurd to charge twice as much if I ring up the post office at Hendon than is charged if I ring up the post office in the House of Commons?
§ Mr. Thompson
If the user of the service requires the messenger to travel from the point at which the user wants to start to a distant point, and to return, then the user must pay according to the mileage travelled. If, however, the user wants the messenger to start from a distant point to where the user is, then the charge is based accordingly.