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Acts of Parliament relating to the Post Office:
King William IV 1830-37

In the listing below, hyperlinks, where given, are to the copy of the text on this site (if there is one yet). If the link has a after it, only the relevant part(s) of the Act are quoted. For an explanation of the referencing conventions for Acts as used below see this short guide.


(11th March 1831)Postmaster-General Act 1831

1 Will 4 c.8
An Act for enabling His Majesty to appoint a Postmaster General for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

(22nd April 1831)Sale of Post Office Buildings Act 1831

1 Will 4 c.27
An Act for enabling His Majesty's Postmaster General to sell the Premises lately used as the Post Office in Lombard Street, Abchurch Lane, and Sherborne Lane, in the City of London.

(15th October 1831)Public Works (Ireland) Act 1831

1 & 2 Will 4 c.33
An Act for the Extension and Promotion of Public Works in Ireland.

(15th October 1831)Turnpike Roads (Scotland) Act 1831

1 & 2 Will 4 c.43
An Act for amending and making more effectual the Laws concerning Turnpike Roads in Scotland.

(13th February 1832)Embezzlement Act 1832

2 Will 4 c.4
An Act for more effectually preventing Embezzlements by Persons employed in the Public Service of His Majesty.

(24th March 1832)Post Office Act 1832

2 Will 4 c.15
An Act to enable His Majesty's Postmaster General to extend the Accommodation by Post, and to regulate the Privilege of Franking, in Ireland; and for other Purposes relating to the Post Office.

(23rd June 1832)Army Prize Money Act 1832

2 & 3 Will 4 c.53
An Act for consolidating and amending the Laws relating to the Payment of Army Prize Money.

(3rd August 1832)Post Roads (Ireland) Act 1832

2 & 3 Will 4 c.86
An Act to amend an Act of the Forty-fifth Year of His Majesty King George the Third, relating to Post Roads in Ireland.

(11th August 1832)Officers and Persons on the Compassionate List, etc. Act 1832

2 & 3 Will 4 c.106
An Act to enable to Officers in His Majesty's Army, and their Representatives, and the Widows of Officers and Persons on the Compassionate List, and also Civil Officers on retired or Superannuation Allowances payable by the Paymaster General of His Majesty's Forces, to draw for and receive their Half Pay and Allowances.

(26th March 1834)Postage in North American Colonies Act 1834

4 Will 4 c.7
An Act to repeal, at the Period within mentioned, so much of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act to alter certain Rates of Postage; and to amend, explain, and enlarge several Provisions in an Act made in the Ninth Year of the Reign of Queen Anne, and in other Acts relating to the Revenue of the Post Office, as authorizes the taking of certain Rates of Inland Postage within His Majesty's Dominions in North America.

(13th August 1834)Postage Act 1834

4 & 5 Will 4 c.44
An Act to regulate the Conveyance of printed Newspapers by Post between the United Kingdom, the British Colonies, and Foreign Parts.

(21st August 1835)Post Office Act 1835

5 & 6 Will 4 c.25
An Act to extend the Accommodation by the Post to and from Foreign Parts and for other Purposes relating to the Post Office.

(21st June 1836)Letter Stealing (Scotland) Act 1836

6 Will 4 c.21
An Act to provide that Persons in Scotland accused of Letter Stealing shall not be entitled to Liberation on Bail unless in certain Cases.

(21st June 1836)Postage Act 1836

6 Will 4 c.25
An Act for granting an additional Rate of Postage on Letters between Great Britain and Ireland by way of Milford and Waterford.

(13th August 1836)Post Office, Newspapers Act 1836

6 & 7 Will 4 c.54
An Act to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to the Conveyance of Newspapers by the Post.

(20th August 1836)Grand Jury (Ireland) Act 1836

6 & 7 Will 4 c.116
An Act to consolidate and amend the Laws relating to the Presentment of Public Money by Grand Juries in Ireland.