§ Mr. GILBERT
asked the Postmaster-General whether the automatic stamp-supply machines now fixed in some post offices are supplied to ordinary shopkeepers either on rent or licence; and whether, in the interest and convenience of the public who desire to purchase stamps when post offices are closed, he can arrange for these machines to be supplied on reasonable terms to shopkeepers, like tobacconists and refreshment houses, who remain open to late hours?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
The Post Office does not manufacture or supply automatic stamp-selling machines, and is not concerned with their installation on premises which it does not own or rent. Licences to sell stamps are freely issued to shopkeepers and others; and any person who holds a licence may, if he chooses, sell stamps by means of an automatic machine obtained from the manufacturers.