HC Deb 27 March 1888 vol 324 cc391-2

asked the Postmaster General, If he can state why there are not embossed stamped envelopes for 5d. and 6d. respectively for India and Australia for sale here as there are 1d. embossed envelopes; and, is he aware that in India the 5d. embossed envelope is procurable, and has been for the past 25 years?

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

It has been thought that the general demand for such envelopes is not sufficient to justify the expense of supplying them. If they were introduced it would be impossible to limit their supply to certain towns; and there are valid objections to increasing unnecessarily the various denominations of stamps, and thereby the pecuniary responsibility of Postmasters. But if a request for such envelopes were made by a responsible body representing the Chinese and Australian trade I should be willing to consider it.