HC Deb 07 March 1956 vol 549 c192W
25 and 27. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Postmaster-General (1) when he proposes to introduce special postage rates for magazines published by charities and other organisations of an educational, cultural and non-commercial nature;

(2) how many charities and educational or cultural organisations of a noncommercial nature have approached him with requests that their publications, which are now subject to a higher postage rate than previously, might be allowed a special rate of postage to ease the burden put upon their finances by the new rates.

Dr. Hill

I have received representations from many organisations but I cannot satisfactorily separate those which come within my hon. Friend's definition. I have considered all these representations carefully and sympathetically but I am sorry I cannot agree to a special rate of postage for the publications to which he refers.

26. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Postmaster-General how much revenue his Department has estimated will be lost in the forthcoming financial year through the practice of shipping consignments of magazines which are by their nature exempt from Irish import duty in bulk from the United Kingdom to Dublin for posting thence to addresses in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Hill

I have no evidence that this practice is being followed but if my hon. Friend has any such evidence, I should be glad to have it.