In 1962 exports of newspapers and periodicals to Canada as recorded in the Trade and Navigation accounts were valued at £40,830. This figure does not include the exports by post for which details are not available.
Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that this valuable source of foreign exchange is likely to be completely dried up by the imposition by the Postmaster-General of a 1,200 per cent. increase in postal charges? Can the Minister say whether any representations have been received on this subject, and, if so, what reply has been made to them?
The whole matter has been carefully considered, but the hon. Gentleman will appreciate that the Canadian Magazine Post, which was unchanged since 1907, allowed for specially low rates applicable only to Canada for articles of this kind. This is now going to be changed, and the postal rates applicable to Canada will be the same as those applicable to other overseas countries, and so it will not be absolutely unfair in our exchange with Canada. In addition, I am sure the hon. Gentleman appreciates that the special rates were costing £280,000 a year of public money, and I do not suppose that he really approves of that.