§ 79. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that this island is treated as a unit for postal purposes but not for the carriage of essential foods, such as fish and agricultural produce; that this causes unfair competition, which penalises producers and consumers; and if he will introduce legislation to amend the Transport Act to provide for standard freight charges irrespective of distance covered.
§ Mr. Maclay
There are fundamental differences between postal charges and transport charges and it would be impracticable for the British Transport Commission to charge to all consigors standard freight rates irrespective of distance. I could not contemplate legislation on the lines suggested.