HC Deb 26 February 1964 vol 690 cc417-8
17. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the Brighton Income Tax officials consider a letter sent to a constituent of the hon. Member for the Pavilion division of Brighton to have been received because it has not been returned through the Dead Letter Office; and what is taken to be proof of a letter having been received by the Postmaster-General.

Mr. Mawby

I understand that a constituent of my hon. Friend was told by a Brighton tax office that, as a letter they had sent to him had not been returned to them by the Post Office Dead Letter Office, they had no evidence that he had not received it

If evidence is required of the posting of an unregistered letter, the sender must hand it in at a Post Office and obtain a certificate of posting, for which the fee is 1d

Sir W. Teeling

Will my hon. Friend ensure that all Government Departments are informed of that regulation? Does he realise that quite a number of people have letters delivered at their houses which are not addressed to them and are not meant for them, not even for their street, and they are not necessarily at home to return them when the postman calls?

Mr. Mawby

Yes; I will make certain that my respective right hon. Friends are informed of that point.