asked the Post master-General if he can state approximately the number of internal telegrams sent per month at the 1s. rate, as against the average number previously sent at the pre-War rate of 6d.; and whether he can hold out any possibility of a reduction in the near future to the lower sum?
The number of inland telegrams sent in the United Kingdom (including Ireland) during the financial year 1913–14, when the rate was sixpence, averaged about 6,000,000 a month. The number sent during the financial year 1921–22 at the 1s. rate was about 5,000,000 a month. In view of the fact that even with a 1s. tariff the service is run at a considerable loss, I regret that I cannot hold out any hope of a return to the sixpenny rate in the near future.