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Post Office Inland Post Schemes 1969-1989

The first few postal Schemes were amendments to the Inland Post Regulations 1968 (S.I.1968 No.1253), and came into operation from 1st October 1969 (at which point the Post Office became a public corporation). From 1972 the regulations were consolidated into a new Scheme -- which was in turn itself subject to amendments, with further consolidated Schemes made at intervals.


Date Scheme Preamble
1969
(1 Oct)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.1) Scheme 1969 (link)

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1970
(1 Jun)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.2) Scheme 1970 (link)

The amending Scheme (which comes into effect on 1st June 1970):

(a) increases from 10s. to £2 the limit of value of items of certain descriptions contained in a postal packet at or above which the packet is compulsorily registrable by virtue of regulation 36 (2) of the Regulations, and amends the definition of "value" in that regulation;

(b) amends the conditions to be complied with in relation to registered postal packets containing coin, so as to enable "collectors' coin" (that is, coin having a greater value than its face value) of any value to be sent by registered post in a single postal packet, subject to the limits of size and weight and other conditions otherwise applicable;

(c) increases from £4 to £5 the maximum amount of compensation which the Post Office may pay in respect of unregistered parcels sent between the British postal area and the Channel Islands or the Republic of Ireland.

1971
(15 Feb)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.3) Scheme 1971 (link)

The amending Scheme (which comes into effect on 15th February 1971):

(a) makes provision for the changeover to decimal currency, and for increases in certain postage rates and fees;

(b) abolishes the concessionary rate of postage for printed packets;

(c) makes further provision with respect to the disposal by the Post Office of postal packets (other than parcels) which can neither.be delivered nor returned to the sender;

(d) adds to the list of items which can be sent free of postage as "articles for the blind" certain voice reproduction machines;

(e) provides for an annual licence fee of £5 for each address to which business reply packets or postage forward parcels may be posted; and

(f) makes new provisions with respect to Private Box facilities and facilities for separating postal packets addressed to particular departments of the addressee at the same address ("Selectapost")

1971
(1 Mar)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.4) Scheme 1971 (link)

The Scheme makes provision for the new Freepost Service, whereby persons who have obtained licences from the Post Office will be able to invite others to post specially addressed letters or cards to them as second class mail without prepayment of postage, the senders using their own envelopes or cards, instead of business reply envelopes, cards and labels provided by the licensee.

1971
(1 Jul)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.5) Scheme 1971 (link)

The provisions so amended relate to incoming postal packets from the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland.

The principal changes are:

(1) the fees chargeable for customs clearance are increased;

(2) the fee for storing a parcel in bond while awaiting customs clearance or re-addressing is increased, and will be charged in respect of the entire period of storage, including the first 28 days;

(3) the addressee of a postal packet in bond may, on payment of a fee, have the packet transferred from a place appointed for customs examination to another such place.

1972
(1 Mar)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.6) Scheme 1972 (link)

The amending Scheme, which comes into operation on the 1st March 1972, makes provisions whereby postage stamps in denominations of pre-decimal currency and certain old issues of stamps in denominations of £1 may no longer be used for denoting payment of postage and other postal fees.

1972
(6 Mar)

Post Office (Inland Post) Amendment (No.7) Scheme 1972 (link)

The amending Scheme (which comes into effect on 6th March 1972):

(a) makes provision for increases in certain postage rates;

(b) increases the limits of size for a letter in the form of a roll.

1972
(4 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Scheme 1972 (link)

The new Scheme consolidates the provisions of the above mentioned regulations and schemes with amendments. The principal changes are:

1. The abolition on 4th September 1972 of the registered parcel service and the present arrangement for payment of ex gratia compensation for unregistered parcels. At the same time the Scheme provides for a new service whereby, on posting a parcel, the sender may pay a compensation fee (in addition to the postage) and the Post Office, although not legally liable to do so, may nevertheless pay compensation for loss or damage in the post, subject to a limit which will depend upon the fee paid. (Most parcels will fall within the limits of size for the first class letter post, so that the senders will be able to post them as registered letters, if they wish.)

2. A new provision for rebate postings of second class letters, with a new scale of rebates. Letters addressed to places in the Channel Islands may no longer be posted as, or included in, rebate consignments.

3. Special provision with respect to large quantities of postal packets addressed to places in the United Kingdom or the Isle of Man which were posted in the Channel Islands or in the Republic of Ireland by or on behalf of persons resident or carrying on business in the United Kingdom or in the Isle of Man.

1973
(5 Jul)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Scheme 1973 (link)

The amending Scheme, which comes into operation on 5th July 1973:

(a) redefines the British Postal Area so as to exclude the Isle of Man from that definition;

(b) contains special provisions for certain services operating between the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man.

1973
(10 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Scheme 1973 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 10th September 1973, provides for new postal charges for inland letters, registered newspapers and parcels.

1973
(1 Nov)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Scheme 1973 (link)

The amending Scheme, which comes into operation on 1st November 1973 provides for the withdrawal of the service of stamping stationery to be used for postal purposes.

1973
(17 Dec)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.4) Scheme 1973 (link)

The Scheme which follows this note is made under section 28 of the Post Office Act 1969 and amends the provisions of the Post Office Inland Post Scheme 1972 relating to registered newspapers and supplements and increases the limits of size of parcels. It comes into operation on 17th December 1973.

1974
(24 Jun)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.5) Scheme 1974 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 24th June 1974, provides for new charges for letters, registered letters, parcels and various services.

1974
(8 Jul)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.5A) Scheme 1974 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 8th July 1974, provides for new charges for letters, registered letters, parcels and various services. The Scheme revokes the Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No. 5) Scheme 1974 (Post Office Scheme P4/1974) which was made on 31st May 1974.

1974
(30 Dec)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.6) Scheme 1974 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 30th December 1974, makes amendments to the provisions relating to undeliverable postal packets except parcels.

1975
(17 Mar)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.7) Scheme 1975 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 17th March 1975, provides for new charges for letters, registered letters, parcels and various services.

1975
(29 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Scheme 1975 (link)

The new Scheme consolidates the provisions of the above mentioned schemes with amendments. The principal changes are:

1. Charges for letters, registered letters, parcels and various services are being revised.

2. Metric units of measurement are being introduced in place of imperial units.

3. Conditions are being introduced under which postal franking machines may be used for the purpose of denoting payment of postage or other fees otherwise than under a licence in writing granted by the Post Office.

1975
(24 Nov)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Scheme 1975 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 24 November 1975, provides for a new accelerated service whereby a local packet posted by certain times will if possible be delivered the same day.

1975
(31 Dec)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Scheme 1975 (link)

The Scheme which will come into operation on 31st December 1975, provides for the introduction of a new express delivery facility.

1976
(7 Jun)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Scheme 1976 (link)

This Scheme which will come into operation on 7th June 1976, provides for certain postage rates to be increased and makes other minor amendments.

1977
(13 Jun)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.4) Scheme 1977 (link)

This Scheme which will come into operation on 13th June 1977, mainly provides for certain postage rates to be increased.

1979
(7 Jun)

Post Office Inland Post Scheme 1979 (link)

The new Scheme consolidates the provisions of the above-mentioned Schemes with amendments. The principal changes are:

1. the introduction of compensation payments up to £12.50 for unregistered postal packets and for parcels not sent by the Compensation Fee parcel service;

2. the amount of compensation payable for loss of or damage to recorded delivery packets is increased to £15;

3. the scale of compensation fees and compensation payable according to the fee paid for lost or damaged Compensation Fee parcels is amended;

4. a procedure is introduced for claims for compensation for loss or damage occurring in the post which cannot readily be resolved to be submitted to an independent complaints panel for consideration.

1979
(20 Aug)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Scheme 1979 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 20th August 1979, mainly provides for certain postage rates to be increased.

1980
(4 Feb)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Scheme 1980 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 4th February 1980, provides for postage rates generally to be increased, and deletes references to various express delivery services which are no longer provided.

1980
(28 Jul)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Scheme 1980 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 28th July 1980, provides for the introduction of the Royal Mail Special Delivery Service and deletes references to certain express delivery services which are no longer available. The Scheme also modifies the conditions under which registered newspapers are accepted for registration and transmitted by post.

1981
(26 Jan)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.4) Scheme 1981 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 26th January 1981, provides for postage rates and fees generally to be increased.

1981
(2 Mar)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.5) Scheme 1981 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 2nd March 1981, provides for the Datapost service (which is at present available only under a contract) to be made available also to customers not wishing to enter into a contract.

1981
(6 Jul)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.6) Scheme 1981 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 6 July 1981, contains provisions relating to changes in procedures in the Inland Cash on Delivery Service.

1981
(28 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.7) Scheme 1981 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 28th September 1981, contains provisions relating to changes in procedures in the Datapost service.

1981
(1 Oct)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.8) Scheme 1981 (link)

The Scheme, which will-come into operation on 1st October 1981, provides for the Post Office to accept liability for the loss of or damage to certain postal packets.

1982
(1 Feb)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.9) Scheme 1982 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 1st February 1982, provides for postage rates and fees generally to be increased, extends the scope of the registered newspaper service to publications printed and published in any member state of the European Economic Community, and introduces provisions for earlier delivery of business reply and freepost packets.

1983
(10 Jan)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.10) Scheme 1983 (link)

The scheme, which will come into operation on 10th January 1983, provides for the raising of compensation limits for Datapost and express packets, the obtaining of a receipt on the delivery of a parcel, the extension of the Cash on Delivery service to Datapost packets, the extension of the Datapost service to Guernsey, alterations to the provisions in respect of articles for the blind, the refund of express delivery fees in the event of delay, and sundry minor alterations to conditions and procedures.

1983
(5 Apr)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.11) Scheme 1983 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 5th April 1983, provides for the raising of postal rates, fees and compensation limits generally, the extension of the Datapost service to the Isle of Man, and sundry minor alterations to conditions and procedures.

1983
(25 Jul)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.12) Scheme 1983 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 25th July 1983, provides for the extension of the Datapost service to the Republic of Ireland, and sundry minor alterations to conditions and procedures.

1984
(16 Apr)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.13) Scheme 1984 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 16th April 1984, provides for alterations to conditions and procedures in respect of express packets, Datapost packets and private boxes.

1984
(3 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.14) Scheme 1984 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 3rd September 1984, provides for alterations to the provisions relating to recorded delivery packets and to postal rates, fees and compensation limits generally.

1985
(2 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.15) Scheme 1985 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 2nd September 1985, provides for alterations to parcel post rates.

1985
(4 Nov)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.16) Scheme 1985 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 4th November 1985, provides for Freepost items to be sent by first class post, and for alterations to letter post rates.

1986
(1 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.17) Scheme 1986 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 1st September 1986, provides for alterations to parcel post rates.

1986
(20 Oct)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.18) Scheme 1986 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 20th October 1986, provides for alterations to letter post rates, fees and compensation limits, and for the cessation of those provisions of the Inland Post Scheme applying to the Republic of Ireland.

1987
(7 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.19) Scheme 1987 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 7th September 1987, provides for alterations to parcel post rates, fees and compensation limits, and for the cessation of the parcel area rate.

1988
(17 Jun)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.20) Scheme 1988 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 17th June, 1988, provides for alterations to the general conditions concerning items prohibited from being sent in the Inland Post.

1988
(5 Sep)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.21) Scheme 1988 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 5th September 1988, revises certain postal charges.

1988
(28 Oct)

Post Office Inland Post Amendment (No.22) Scheme 1988 (link)

The Scheme, which will come into operation on 28th October 1988, provides for alterations to the general conditions relating to the use of postal franking machines.