HC Deb 19 January 1967 vol 739 c120W
Mr. Whitaker

asked the Postmaster-General whether the General Post Office are delivering tree in Great Britain the propaganda of the illegal Rhodesian régime in envelopes marked On Her Majesty's Servie by the régime; whether the Rhodesian Post Office grants similar facilities to all material sent On Her Majesty's Service to Rhodesia by Great Britain; what is the respective volume in each direction; and whether in future he will give orders for the illegal régime's propaganda to pay the usual double surcharge on mail that is not prepaid.

Mr. Edward Short

As I and my predecessor have announced on several occasions, there is no censorship in this country of mail from Rhodesia. This applies equally to mail marked O.H.M.S., and we therefore treat it in the same way as other mail. In particular, as the letters O.H.MS. do not in themselves constitute a valid indication of prepayment of postage, an O.H.M.S. packet must show that postage has been prepaid if it is not to be liable to surcharge in accordance with standing instructions. We have no statistics about O.H.M.S. packets exchanged between this country and Rhodesia. As regards the treatment in Rhodesia of O.H.M.S. mail from this country, so far as I am aware the normal conditions of the postal service have been maintained.