§ Mr. HOGGE
asked the Postmaster-General by what authority he imposes a charge of 6d. on parcels affected by the Safeguarding of Industries Act, in view of the undertaking to deliver parcels to consignees for a payment duly made?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
The charge to which the hon. Member refers is authorised by paragraph 8 of the Foreign and Colonial Parcel Post Warrant, 1921. It is a Customs clearance fee, and is collected on every incoming postal parcel assessed for Customs duty to cover the cost of the work performed by the Post Office on behalf of the addressee in clearing the parcel through the Customs.