HC Deb 15 March 1922 vol 151 cc2226-7W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the high cost in the postal rates have been the means of ruining the printing and other trades in the country; is he aware that the mass of the people are feeling these high rates; and whether he will consider at the earliest possible moment a reduction in the above rates?


I have received numerous representations on this subject. As I have already stated, the question of a reduction in postal charges is now under the consideration of the Government.

Lieut.-Colonel MURRAY

asked the Postmaster-General the estimated surplus to be realised on the current year's Post Office accounts; and whether the whole of this surplus will be available for reductions in postal, telegraphic, and telephonic charges, or whether it is suggested that part of the surplus should be. appropriated by the Chancellor of the Exchequer?


As I have repeatedly stated, there will be a deficit on Post Office working for the current financial year. For the year 1922–23 it is estimated that there will be a surplus of at least£8,000,000 if the present charges are maintained. The question of a reduction in charges is now under consideration by the Government.


asked the Postmaster-General whether he is in a position to confirm the. statement made by a member of the Post Office Advisory Council that the postal rates are to be reduced on 1st April; and, if so, whether, in view of the large amount of publicity work being held up in anticipation of a reduction, and the immediate necessity for putting this work in hand, he can now state definitely what reductions are to be made?


The member of the Post Office Advisory Council referred to denied the accuracy of the report of the statement made by him. The question of reducing postal rates is being considered by the Government, and I am unable to make an announcement at present.