HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 cc1429-30W
Sir R. Clarry

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will state the difference in procedure and comparative charges in sending parcels to civilians in this country and to men serving in His Majesty's Forces stationed also in this country, together with similar comparisons in regard to addressees in France?

Major Tryon

The postage rates and general conditions of the inland parcel post service apply equally to parcels for civilians and to parcels for members of His Majesty's Army or Air Force stationed in this country; the latter must be addressed to the unit at the place where it is stationed.

Parcels for civilians in France must be accompanied by a Customs Declaration and a Despatch Note, and must be prepaid at the following rates:

Up to 2 lb., 1s. 6d.

Up to 7 lb., 2s. 3d.

Up to 11 lb., 2s. 9d.

Up to 22 lb., 4s. 3d.;

in certain cases, a Board of Trade Export licence must be obtained by the sender. Parcels for His Majesty's Forces in France must be addressed "c/o Army Post Office," and the sender is required to affix to the parcel a label giving particulars of his name and address and the contents; no other Customs documents are required.

The reduced postage rates for parcels for British troops in France are as follows:

Up to 3 lb., 9d., a reduction from 1s. 3d.

Up to 7 lb., 1s. 6d., a reduction from 2s. 6d.

Up to 11 lb., 2s., a reduction from 3s. 3d.

Up to 22 lb., 3s. 6d., a reduction from 6s.

The charge of 9d. up to 3 lb. compares with a charge of 1s. in the last war.

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