HC Deb 26 November 1952 vol 508 c58W
91. Mr. G. Longden

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the increased rates for registering parcels have made it cheaper to insure large consignments with insurance companies; and what steps he is taking to prevent the General Post Office from losing business as a result of such increased rates.

Mr. Gammans

There is no evidence that the general trend of registered parcel traffic has been affected by the increased charges. In any case the Post Office was losing money on this particular service. I would point out that the service provided by the Post Office is not merely the insurance of the article despatched, but also segregation from ordinary packets and in addition proof of delivery.

108. Mr. Burden

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when the present limit of compensation for goods sent by parcel post was fixed at £3.

Mr. Gammans

In July, 1934.

109. Mr. Burden

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will increase the compensation figure for parcels lost in transit in view of the inadequacy of the present maximum of £3 per parcel.

Mr. Gammans

The compensation payable on inland unregistered parcels is of anex gratia character and an increase in the maximum of £3 is not contemplated: the registration service is available to cover parcels of more than £3 in value.