Postage Act 1836
(6 Will 4 c.25, 21st June 1836)
An Act for granting an additional Rate of Postage on Letters between Great Britain and Ireland by way of Milford and Waterford.
[21st June 1836.]
WHEREAS it is expedient to improve the Communication by the Post between Great Britain and Ireland by way of Milford and Waterford, and to provide Security for the Repayment of the Principal and Interest of any Advances which may be made for that Purpose by the Imposition of a small additional Rate of Postage on Letters and Packets passing by that Route: Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act it shall and may be lawful for the Postmaster General for the Time being and he is hereby required to charge and levy on all Letters and Packets conveyed by Post to and from Great Britain and Ireland, or to and from any Part beyond the Seas and Ireland, by way of Milford and Waterford, in addition to the Rates and Duties now payable by Law for the Conveyance by the Post of such Letters and Packets, the Rates and Duties following; (that is to say,)
For every Single Letter the additional Sum of One Halfpenny:
For every Double Letter the additional Sum of One Penny:
For every Treble Letter or other Letter under an Ounce in Weight the additional Sum of One Penny Halfpenny:
And for every Ounce in Weight the additional Sum of Two-pence, and so in proportion for every Letter or Packet of greater Weight than an Ounce, reckoning every Quarter of an Ounce equal to a Single Letter:
And all the Powers and Authorities given by Law for the Recovery of the Postage of Letters shall be in force and applicable to the additional Duties hereby imposed, and the same shall be charged, paid, and regulated by and be subject to the same Rules, Regulations, and Exemptions as are now in force as to the Rates and Duties payable on such Letters.
II. And be it further enacted, That the Sum and Sums of Money arising from the additional Rates and Duties of Postage herein-before granted shall be paid over from Time to Time to the Receiver General for the Time being of the Revenue of the Post Office of Great Britain, who shall pay the same into the Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, when he shall pay into such Receipt the other Rates and Duties of Postage by him received, (the necessary Charges for paying, collecting, and accounting for the said additional Rates and Duties, and the Monies to be paid to the Commissioners for the Issue of Exchequer Bills, as herein-after mentioned, being first deducted,) distinguishing the same in his Accounts, and paying such Sum and Sums of Money for and on account of the Milford Road Fund, and the said Sum and Sums of Money so paid shall be carried to the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
III. And whereas the Roads within the County of Pembroke forming Part of the Communication by Post between Great Britain and Ireland by way of Milford and Waterford, as well as Parts of the Road in the Counties adjoining the said County of Pembroke, are in an imperfect State, and it is expedient to improve the same, and to make new Lines of Road therein: be it therefore enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the Commissioners for the Issue of Exchequer Bills in aid of Public Works to advance from Time to Time, by way of Loan, to the Trustees for the Time being of the said Roads, upon their Application, such Amount of Exchequer Bills, and on such Terms and Conditions, as to the said Commissioners shall seem fit, to be advanced for the Purpose of improving the said Roads or making any new Lines of Road, as to the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury or any Three of them shall seem fit; and the said Tolls now collected or hereafter to be collected on the said Roads or any such new Lines, subject only to such Charges as the same may now be liable to, shall be charged with the Repayment of all and every such Advances and Interest thereon; and if the said Tolls shall not be sufficient for that Purpose, then the said additional Postages shall be charged with the Repayment of such Advances and Interest, or so much thereof as the said Tolls shall be insufficient to pay; and the said Trustees for the Time being of the said Roads are hereby authorized to assign the said Tolls, subject as aforesaid, to the Secretary for the Time being of the said Commissioners for the Issue of Exchequer Bills, for securing the Payment of such Advances and Interests; and it shall be lawful for the said Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, or any Three or more of them, from Time to Time to direct the Receiver General for the Time being of the Revenue of the Post Office of Great Britain, out of the Produce of the said additional Rates of Postage in his Hands, to pay such Sums to the said Commissioners for the Issue of Exchequer Bills, or their Secretary for their Use, as may at any Time be necessary to make good any Deficiency in the said Tolls to satisfy the Payment of any such Advances and Interests, at the Times and in the Manner that shall be agreed upon for Payment of the same; and if there be not a sufficient Amount of the Produce of the said additional Rates of Postage in the Hands of the said Receiver General, then it shall be lawful for the said Lords Commissioners, or any Three or more of them, to direct Payment of so much as will make up such Deficiency out of any Money in the Hands of the Receiver General of the Post Office: Provided always, that the said Receiver General shall have paid into the Receipt of the Exchequer so much of the Produce of the said additional Postage as amounts to the Sum so directed to be paid.
IV. And be it further enacted, That this Act may be altered, varied, or repealed by any Act or Acts to be passed in this present Session of Parliament.