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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Mr GEORGE LAWSON - On the 18th May, the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Holt) asked, without notice, a question relating to the use by commercial houses of panel envelopes for the transmission of matter by post. The question has been brought to the notice of the Postmaster-General who has asked me to convey to the House the following answer : -

The conditions governing the transmission through the post of communications in envelopes with transparent panels have been in force for many years and are clearly set out in the Postal Guide. Of late, however, there has been increasing evidence of failure on the part of commercial houses to observed the conditions stipulated, particularly the transparency of the panel and the exclusion of all matter to ensure that only the name and address of the addressee are shown through the panel. Failure to comply with the requirements seriously militates against the efficient sorting of postal articles, and is definitely a cause of the staff suffering from eye-strain. As endeavours made over a considerable period to improve the position have been unavailing, the department has no alternative but to insist that the conditions shall, in future, be fully observed. Leniency has already been extended on innumerable occasions in order to enable stocks of envelopes and forms to be used up, and it is regretted that any further latitude cannot be agreed to.







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