§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
THE EARL OF CRAWFORD
My Lords, various circumstances combine to make the deficit upon the Post Office and telegraph work of this country serious. This Bill is designed to increase rates upon telegrams, newspapers, postcards and printed papers. It is unfortunate that this should be necessary, but it is universally conceded that no further subvention should be paid to those who use the Post Office and this Bill is directed towards reducing the deficit to a minimum.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(The Earl of Crawford.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.