§ Mr. GILBERT
asked the Postmaster-General what are the present arrangements by his Department for an air-post service for letters and parcels; to what places and countries the same is operative from London, and what are the postage rates; and if his Department, are considering as to extending such air-post services?
§ Mr. PEASE
Air mail services are at present in operation between London and Paris and London and Brussels. Letter packets, including letters, postcards, printed papers, commercial papers and samples, are accepted for transmission by these services, but not parcels. Letters may be sent by each service, not only for places in the country in which the air service terminates, but also for places beyond to which the normal mail route lies through that country. The special air fee payable, in addition to the ordinary international postage rates, is 2d. per ounce in each case. The air fee for the Brussels service will probably be increased in the near future. It is hoped to establish very shortly an air 475W mail service between London and Amsterdam, and also to give the public in this country the opportunity of posting letters for conveyance to Holland by ordinary mail and thence by air mail to Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin and Copenhagen. I hope to be able within the next few days to give the public full information about these services.