HC Deb 10 April 1922 vol 153 cc62-3W

asked the Postmaster-General if it is his intention to allot by public or private tender spaces on or in public buildings under his control for purposes of private advertising; whether he proposes to allocate any, or all, such spaces to any specific firm of advertisement agents or to private individuate desirous of utilising such facilities; whether it his intention to enter into definite forms of contract with such firms or individuals, and for what periods; whether he can state the approximate annual revenue he anticipates deriving from such proceedings, and if it is suggested that postal-counter services shall be of sufficiently leisurely a nature as will afford the public ample time in which to peruse the advertisements in addition to the numerous official announcements constantly displayed; whether any control and, if so, what, and by whom, will be exercised over the quality, size and character of the private advertisements; and will he embody in his contracts connected therewith a Clause enabling any succeeding holder of his office who may object to such disfigurement of public property to terminate any contract without compensation if and when he feels so disposed?


I have invited and received tenders for the allocation of space for advertising purposes in post offices. The contract will be made with advertising agents who will pay over to the post office a specified percentage of gross receipts, but I cannot give an estimate of what those receipts will amount to. The contract will be for a definite period, but it would obviously be impracticable to include provision for termination at any time. Control will be retained by the post office over the size and quality and character of the advertisements exhibited. No change is proposed in the counter-services.

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