HC Deb 26 July 1968 vol 769 c256W
Mr. Lubbock

asked the Postmaster-General if, when the two-tier letter post is introduced on 16th September, he will ensure that letters from hon. Members to Ministers, chief officers of local authorities and heads of nationalised industries are delivered by first class mail; and if he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT an up-to-date list of addresses for whom official paid envelopes may be used.

Mr. Stonehouse

Provided these letters bear an indication that first class service is required they will be given it.

I am unable to give a complete list of addresses for which the hon. Gentleman asks. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has authorised the use of official paid envelopes for letters sent, on matters arising out of the discharge of an hon. Member's Parliamentary duties to:

  1. (a) Central, regional and local offices of Government Departments,
  2. (b) The local committees and boards of the Health Service,
  3. (c) The headquarters, regional, area or local offices of nationalised industries, and
  4. (d) The clerks and heads of departments in individual local authorities.

Mrs. Ewing

asked the Postmaster-General what is the cost involved in transferring to the new postal letter charges, and in supplying each household in the country with a circular to explain the service.

Mr. Stonehouse

Just under £400,000 will be spent on publicity, training and additional equipment in launching the new services. It will cost about £50,000 to deliver the household leaflet.