HC Deb 24 April 1998 vol 310 c710W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations she has received on the recent increase in the level of postal charges to Europe above that for inland post; and if she will make a statement. [39483]

Mr. Ian McCartney

The Post Office consulted the Government and the Post Office Users National Council (POUNC) about the proposed increase, who have accepted the need for it. Handling costs have risen and the Post Office was not fully covering its costs. It is still one of the cheapest rates in Europe.