HC Deb 22 September 1948 vol 456 c104W
87. Mr. Teeling

asked the Postmaster-General whether all letters sent abroad now go by air mail; what air mail rates are still in use; and what difference there is between ordinary sea and rail mail and air mail as regards weight of letters.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

All letters for countries in Europe, except Germany Poland and Iceland, are sent by air at the ordinary surface rates of postage whenever acceleration in delivery is thereby afforded. The air mail rates to Germany, Poland and Iceland are 4½d. for the first ounce and 3½d. for each additional ounce: the rates to countries outside Europe vary from 6d. to 1/3d. per half ounce. In addition, the air letter is available to most extra-European countries at a flat rate of 6d. Approximately 50 per cent. by weight of the letters sent abroad are carried by air.