§ 17. Mr. Lipton
asked the Postmaster-General whether he will give an assurance that he will maintain the inland letter rate at 2½d. during the present financial year as a measure towards curtailing inflation.
§ Mr. K. Thompson
My right hon. Friend is not prepared to anticipate in any way the statement on Post Office finances forecast in his Answer to the right hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Ness Edwards) last week.
§ Mr. Lipton
That sounds most ominous. Why does not the Assistant Postmaster-General frankly admit that it will not be long before his right hon. Friend imposes a 3d. post, thus making another hole in everybody's purse? Why does he not now come clean right away?
§ Mr. Thompson
My right hon. Friend has already said that when he has anything to say on Post Office charges he will come to the House and say it at the appropriate time.