Oral Answers to Questions — Newspaper Postage.

– in the House of Commons on 10th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

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asked the Postmaster-General if he is making any concession to British monthly trade newspapers, seeing that their foreign competitors can still come into this country at a halfpenny, whilst the British trade paper has a minimum of one penny, and that the foreigner is allowed four ounces for one penny, but our own publishers are only allowed two ounces for one penny?

Photo of Mr Herbert Pease Mr Herbert Pease , Darlington

The newspaper rate of postage is confined by Statute to journals published at intervals of not more than seven days. My right hon. Friend cannot undertake to propose legislation extending it to monthly newspapers. Such an extension could not be restricted to trade journals, and would involve a considerable sacrifice of revenue on a post which is, and always has been, carried on at a loss.