HC Deb 05 July 1939 vol 349 cc1310-1W
Mr. Stokes

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will prohibit the carrying of Christmas cards by air-mail during the Christmas rush unless he is completely satisfied that there is sufficient capacity to ensure the prompt delivery of ordinary business letters to Egypt, India, and the Near East?

Major Tryon

Christmas cards are eligible for transmission by the printed papers post so long as they are posted in open covers and, apart from the printed matter, do not bear more than five conventional words of greeting and the sender's name and address in manuscript. Such cards like other categories of second-class mail are conveyed by surface transport. Public announcements to this effect were made during the period of Christmas postings last year and will be repeated on future occasions. It is not practicable for the Post Office to discriminate between Christmas cards and other correspondence posted in closed covers for transmission as first class mail, which is despatched by air to the countries served under the Empire Air Mail Scheme.