HC Deb 22 March 1912 vol 35 cc2431-2W

asked the Postmaster-General, adverting to the fact that one, two, and three pound packets of butter sent by parcels post have to pay postage at the rates appropriate to two, three, and four pound parcels, respectively, by reason of the contents and wrapper, together weighing slightly more than the even pound, whether, in the interests of agriculture, he will, issue regulations enabling such packets of butter to be carried at the parcels post rate appropriate to the contents weight (disregarding the wrapper weight) on the postmaster at the office of despatch being satisfied that the sole contents thereof is butter of weight not exceeding that on which postage is tendered as above suggested?


I have recently considered the possibility of revising the Inland Parcel Post rates at the lower stages of the scale so as to allow a suitable margin for packing without extra charge, but I regret that I cannot see my way to take any steps in that direction. It would not be practicable to restrict any concession of this kind to one special commodity, as the hon. Member appears to suggest.