HC Deb 17 October 1939 vol 352 cc709-10W
Mr. Jagger

asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that sea-mail journeys take three times as long as formerly, he will consider either the restoration of the cheap air mail service, or at least a substantial reduction in the present charge so far as newspapers are concerned, in order that the British Press overseas, which cannot afford long cable communications, can be adequately kept in touch with home war news?

Major Tryon

Owing to the restricted amount of aircraft accommodation at the disposal of the Post Office on the Empire air routes, I regret that I am not at present in a position to offer any general reduction in the existing air postage rates, or to concede preferential rates to newspapers conveyed by air.