§ MR. D. GRAY (Dublin, St. Stephen's Green)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether it is a fact that, when newspaper stamps were impressed on the papers themselves instead of upon wrappers, the operation of stamping was, for Irish newspapers, performed in the Custom House, Dublin; and, whether there is any reason why the wrapper could not as easily be stamped in Dublin as the paper itself formerly was, instead of requiring the wrappers to be sent at considerable delay, inconvenience, and cost from Ireland to London and back again at the expense of the newspapers?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HENRY H. FOWLER) (Wolverhampton, E.)
, in reply, said, that formerly the papers were merely hand stamped. That practice was discontinued in 1871. They were now stamped by machinery, for reasons of economy, in the London Office.