Post Office (Air Mail Charges).

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1934.

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Captain CAZALET:

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asked the Postmaster-General what is the cost for postage of one copy of the daily "Times" from London to Calcutta by air mail?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

The air postage for newspapers sent by letter post for transmission by air throughout to Calcutta is 8d. for the first half ounce and 7d. for each additional half ounce, but they may be sent as parcels by air to Karachi at the rate of 3s. per half pound. These rates are based on the cost of air conveyance.

Captain CAZALET:

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it costs nearly 7s. 6d. to send a single copy of the "Times" to India; and will he not try to make a special rate for newspapers, so that those who live in India and Africa may be able to use the air mail economically for daily newspapers?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

I am well aware that the charge is considerable. The hon. Member may rest assured that the question of postal rates is always being kept in mind, and if at any time Imperial Airways are able to reduce their charges, we shall be able to effect a corresponding reduction in our own rates.

Photo of Sir Lindsay Everard Sir Lindsay Everard , Melton

Can the hon. Gentleman say how it is that for longer journeys by train the cost is not more, but is still 1½d., whereas if a letter is sent by air it costs considerably more for a longer distance?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

One can hardly compare the railway charges with those for air transport. The matter is in fact almost entirely one of Imperial Airways' charges.

Photo of Sir Lindsay Everard Sir Lindsay Everard , Melton

Surely the charge made by the railways must be greater for sending a letter from here to the Orkney Islands than from here to Hendon?