§ MR. H. E. KEARLEY (Devonport)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, what are the precise conditions governing the new regulations which came into force on the 1st March with regard to the re-direction of letters; and what period of re-occupation in a district from which letters have been re-addressed will entitle a person to a renewal of the privilege without payment?
§ MR. HANBURY
Before the new regulations were issued the Postmaster General did not undertake to provide for the re-direction of letters, book packets, postcards, and newspapers for a longer period than 12 months from the date of removal, but since the 1st March it has been open to any persons whose letters, book packets, postcards, and newspapers have been officially re-directed for 12 months to apply for an extension of the privilege on payment of a fee of £1 1s. a year. The Postmaster General has not had occasion to consider what period of re-occupation will entitle a person to a renewal of free re-direction, and he would be unwilling to lay down a hard and fast rule on the subject. He does not anticipate any practical difficulty when there has been a bonâ fide re-occupation.