HC Deb 11 November 1947 vol 444 cc67-8W
Mr. Joynson-Hicks

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that many air mail letters to the R.A.F. serving in Malaya have recently been substantially delayed through being sent by sea; and what revisions have lately been made in the postal rates for air mail letters to the Forces serving in that area.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The wartime arrangement of sending by air ordinary one ounce letters for the Forces overseas prepaid 1½d. ceased on 15th September. Under the revised arrangements then introduced air transmission is accorded only to the special light-weight "Forces Letter," for which the inclusive charge is 2½d., and to ordinary letters prepaid at the appropriate air mail rates, namely, 5d. not exceeding 1 ounce (6d. for 1½ ounces) to the Forces in Europe, and 6d. not exceeding 1½ ounces to the Forces serving outside Europe. The new arrangement was announced well in advance of the change, and a period of grace up to 28th September was allowed before letters prepaid only 1½d. were excluded from air despatch. I am afraid that there would inevitably be considerable delay to Forces letters for Malaya prepaid 1½d. after the expiry of the period of grace.

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