Catalogues and Printed Papers

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

asked the Postmaster-General to what extent he has had cause, since the increase in inland postal charges, to refuse to handle catalogues and other printed papers posted abroad, on the ground that this has been done with the object of evading payment of the higher rate of inland postage.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

No instances of this kind have so far come to notice; if they did, I have the powers to deal with them and should, of course, use them.

Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury

Is my right hon. Friend able to keep a check on the posting of printed matter—catalogues and so on—in Holland so that he will know whether this is becoming a major problem, in order to save his own revenue and to keep our own printing industry fully employed?

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

We have that consideration very much in mind and we are looking at it at the moment.