HC Deb 02 April 1963 vol 675 c33W
52. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Postmaster-General by how much telegraphic traffic and receipts were reduced after each of the last two rate increases; whether he is aware that in country villages residents not on the phone and to whom urgent telegrams are sent on Saturday afternoons often receive them by the Monday morning post; and what action he will take to warn the senders of this possibility.

Mr. Bevins

Inland telegraph charges were increased in July, 1951, and August, 1954. Comparing full financial years before and after the increases took effect telegraph traffic fell by 5.2 millions and 13.5 millions respectively. Income increased by about £0.4 millions in each case.

Telegrams to addresses in rural areas which are handed in on Saturday afternoons, up to about 5 p.m., are normally delivered the same clay. If they are too late for delivery on Saturday they should be delivered on Sunday morning. If my hon. Friend has found this not to be the case and will let me have details I will gladly look into the matter.