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Inland Post Warrants 1948-1961

From this point, the Warrants are Statutory Instruments.

"Explanatory Notes" were now printed at the end of the Warrants, with a disclaimer along the lines of "This Note is not part of the Warrant, but is intended to indicate its general purport".

Date Warrant Explanatory Note
1948
(1 Jan)

Inland Post Warrant 1947 (link)

This Warrant consolidates with amendments the regulations relating to the inland post and the postal service with Eire.

Section 9 of the Crown Proceedings Act, 1947 (dealing – inter alia – with proceedings against the Crown in respect of loss of or damage to a registered inland postal packet) provides that regulations may be made for prescribing the conditions to be observed for the purposes of the section in relation to such registered packets. These conditions are provided for by Regulation 37 and are set out in Part II of the Fourth Schedule to the Warrant.

The inland rates of postage in the First Schedule are unchanged except as regards parcels, the rates for which have been increased by one penny when the weight does not exceed 3lb and by twopence at each subsequent step of the scale. The postage on parcels to Eire is also increased, the new rates being set out in Part I of the Sixth Schedule.

1948
(1 Jul)

Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Warrant 1948 (link)

By Paragraph (B) of Regulation 63 of the principal Warrant it is provided that in respect of a letter or postcard posted in Great Britain, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands for transmission to an address in Eire the sender may request that the letter or card be transmitted by the Air Mail service operating between Liverpool and Dublin and that in such case there shall be charged the additional postage specified in Part II of the Sixth Schedule (namely, 2d. for the first 2oz., 3d. in respect of a packet weighing over 2oz. and up to 8oz. and 3d. for each additional 8oz. fraction thereof). It has been decided to convey letters and postcards to Eire by air as part of the normal transmission without any charge of additional postage.

1949
(1 May)

Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Warrant 1949 (link)

This Warrant amends the principal Warrant – the Inland Post Warrant, 1947 – to give effect to the Budget proposals in so far as they relate to the registration fee payable on the registration of an inland postal packet.

The minimum registration fee is increased from threepence to fourpence (Regulation 2). The scale of maximum amounts available for compensation for loss of or damage to a registered postal packet, as set out in column 2 of the Schedule to this Warrant, is unchanged, but in the scale of registration fees set out in column 1 of the Schedule there is an increase of one penny at each step of the scale (Regulation 3 and Schedule).

1950
(31 Jul)

Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Warrant 1950 (link)

This Warrant increases the inland rates of postage on parcels by one penny when the weight does not exceed 3lb. and when the weight exceeds 3lb. but does not exceed 4lb., and by twopence at each subsequent step of the scale.

1951
(1 Jun)

Inland Post Amendment (No.4) Warrant 1951 (link)

This Warrant alters the minimum rate of postage on inland printed packets from 1d. for 2 ounces or less to 1½d. for 4 ounces or less (Regulation 2). A similar alteration is made in the rate of postage on printed packets sent to the Republic of Ireland (Regulation 3). The alterations come into force on the 1st of June 1951 (Regulation 6).

1951
(1 Jul)

Inland Post Amendment (No.5) Warrant 1951 (link)

This Warrant increases the fees payable on a cash on delivery packet by 4d. at each step of the scale with a minimum of 10d. for a Trade Charge not exceeding £1. The amendment made to regulation 55 of the principal Warrant reduces from twelve months after the last day of the month of issue to six months after that day the period within which a void trade charge money order can be renewed without fee. The Warrant comes into operation on the 1st of July 1951.

1951
(30 Jul)

Inland Post Amendment (No.6) Warrant 1951 (link)

This Warrant increases the rates of postage on inland parcels by one penny at each of the first three steps of the scale of weights, and by twopence at each subsequent step of the scale.

The rates of postage on parcels transmitted from the British Islands to the Republic of Ireland are increased by three pence at each step of the scale.

1952
(31 Mar)

Inland Post Amendment (No.7) Warrant 1952 (link)

This Warrant increases the rates of postage of inland parcels and parcels posted in the British Islands for transmission to the Republic of Ireland, except the rates on parcels not exceeding 2lb. in weight which are unchanged.

1952
(1 May)

Inland Post Amendment (No.8) Warrant 1952 (link)

This Warrant increases certain of the rates of postage, and the registration fees, on inland letters and letters posted in the British Islands for transmission to the Republic of Ireland.`

The postage rate for letters weighing up to four ounces is unchanged, but the rate for the excess over four ounces is increased by a half penny for every two ounces or part thereof.

The minimum registration fee is increased from fourpence to sixpence. The scale of maximum amounts available for compensation for loss of or damage to a registered postal packet is unchanged, but in the scale of registration fees set out in column 1 of the Second Schedule to the Warrant there is an increase of twopence at each step of the scale.

1953
(7 Apr)

Inland Post Amendment (No.9) Warrant 1953 (link)

This Warrant increases the rates of postage on inland parcels, and on parcels exceeding 2lb. but not exceeding 8lb. in weight posted in the British Islands for transmission to the Republic of Ireland.

1954
(12 Apr)

Inland Post Amendment (No.10) Warrant 1954 (link)

This Warrant increases the rates of postage on inland parcels and on parcels posted in the British Islands for transmission to the Republic of Ireland; it also increases to 15lb. the limit of weight of parcels so posted to the Republic of Ireland and fixes the rate of postage for parcels of the increased weight.

The Warrant amends the list of articles for the use of the Blind which are transmissible at special rates and amends also the special conditions applicable thereto. It revokes certain provisions of the Inland Post Warrant 1947 which made modifications in that Warrant in its application to such articles sent to the Republic of Ireland; the list of articles is now the same whether contained in an inland packet or a packet sent to the Republic of Ireland. The Warrant increases to 15lb. the limit of weight of articles for the use of the Blind posted in the British Islands for transmission to the Republic of Ireland, and fixes the rate of postage for articles of the increased weight.

1956
(1 Jan)

Inland Post Warrant 1955 (link)

This Warrant consolidates with amendments the regulations relating to the inland post and the postal service between the British postal area and the Republic of Ireland. It comes into operation on the 1st January, 1956.

The main changes are:–

1. Changes in postal rates and charges as follows:–

INLAND
Letters [list]
Printed Papers [list]
Samples [list]
Express [list]

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Letters
Printed Papers
As for INLAND
Express
As for INLAND, so far as the services are available within the British postal area.
Parcels [list]

2. The charges for certain postal facilities which have formerly been made contractually are fixed by the Warrant. The charges are unchanged, with the following exceptions:–

Redirection by the Post Office
Diversion

1956
(1 Jun)

Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Warrant 1956 (link)

This Warrant, in relation to the inland post:

  1. makes alterations in the rates of postage for printed packets, sample packets, registered newspapers, and parcels;
  2. increases registration fees, and the maximum compensation payable for packets on which the minimum registration fee has been paid, for unregistered parcels, and for certain unregistered express packets; and
  3. increases the fees for the Cash on Delivery service.

In relation to the post to the Republic of Ireland, the Warrant:

  1. makes alterations in the rates of postage for printed packets, registered newspapers, and parcels;
  2. increases registration fees, and the maximum compensation payable for packets on which the minimum registration fee has been paid.

The changes take effect on the 1st June 1956.

1956
(1 Jul)

Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Warrant 1956 (link)

This Warrant increases the maximum compensation which may be paid for unregistered parcels transmitted between the British postal area and the Republic of Ireland.

1957
(1 Oct)

Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Warrant 1957 (link)

The main changes made by this Warrant are as follows.

In relation to the inland post, the Warrant:

  1. makes alterations in the rates of postage for all postal packets except articles for the use of the blind; and
  2. doubles the charges for certain postal facilities.

The Warrant makes alterations in the rates of postage for all postal packets to the Republic of Ireland except articles for the use of the blind.

The changes take effect on the 1st October, 1957.

1959
(1 Apr)

Inland Post Amendment (No.4) Warrant 1959 (link)

This Warrant applies to the Inland post and the post to and from the Republic of Ireland. The main changes are:

  1. In the Inland post, business reply letters may contain enclosures in addition to the reply, and sample packets may be sent as business reply letters (reg. 2 (1)).
  2. Certain articles which are transmissible in printed packets are more specifically defined (reg. 2 (15)).
  3. Certain facilities in respect of incoming postal packets in bond which apply in the Commonwealth and Foreign post are extended to parcels from the Channel Islands and parcels and other postal packets from the Republic of Ireland (reg. 2 (17) and (22)).
  4. Provision is made for special collections from addresses in rural postal delivery areas and for special deliveries into and collections from private roadside letter boxes in such areas (reg. 2 (26)).
1961
(1 Feb)

Inland Post Warrant 1961 (link)

This Warrant consolidates with amendments the regulations relating to the inland post and the postal service between the British postal area and the Republic of Ireland. It comes into operation on the 1st February, 1961, except as to the provisions relating to postage forward parcels which come into operation on the 1st June, 1961.

The main changes are:–

  1. Provision is made for a new recorded delivery service which is available for any unregistered postal packet other than a parcel, and for which an additional fee of 6d. is chargeable.

    Compensation not exceeding two pounds may be paid for loss of or damage to the contents of a recorded delivery packet.

    The service is not available to the Republic of Ireland.

    The advice of delivery and enquiry facilities are made available for recorded delivery packets each at a fee of 6d.

    The main provisions and conditions relating to this service are in regulations 38, 39, 40 and 41 and in items 6 and 7 of the Second Schedule.

  2. Provision is made for a new postage forward parcel service, under which postage is not prepaid where the addressee has made satisfactory provision for payment. (Regulation 1(1)).

    Additional postage of 4d. is chargeable in this service. (First Schedule, Item 9.)

    The service is not available to the Republic of Ireland. (Regulation 52 (D)(i).)

    Other provisions about the service are contained in regulations 10 (2), 13(2) and 28(1).

  3. Increases are made in the fees for registration of postal packets (Fourth Schedule, Part I.)

    The advice of delivery fee and the enquiry fee for registered packets are both increased from 3d. to 6d. (Second Schedule, Items 4 and 5).