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Inland Post Regulations 1961-1969

From this point, the printed rules were referred to as "Regulations" rather than "Warrants", although the first few were amendments to the Inland Post Warrant 1961.

Date Regulations Explanatory Note
1961
(1 Oct)

Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Regulations 1961 (link)

These Regulations amend the Inland Post Warrant, 1961. The principal changes are as follows:–

  1. In relation to the Inland Post:
    1. The minimum postage rate for printed packets and sample packets is increased from 2d. to 2½d. for 2 oz. (or less).
    2. The postage rates for registered newspapers are increased by ½d. at all steps of the scale.
    3. The postage rates for parcels are increased by 6d. at all steps of the scale.
    4. Provision is made for a new facility for rebate posting which is available for consignments of not less than 4,501 printed packets or sample packets.
    5. Fees are prescribed for the stamping by the Postmaster General of paper for use as postcards, covers or envelopes.
  2. Increases similar to those mentioned at (1) (a), (b) and (c) above are made for printed packets, registered newspapers and parcels to the Republic of Ireland.
  3. The regulations come into operation on the 1st October, 1961.

In the First and Sixth Schedules to the Inland Post Warrant, 1961, as substituted by the First and Second Schedules to these regulations, the amended figures are shown in heavy type.

1963
(18 Feb)

Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1963 (link)

These Regulations amend the Inland Post Warrant 1961, as amended by the Inland Post Amendment (No. 1) Regulations 1961. The principal change is that the maximum weight limit for inland parcels is raised from 15lb. to 22lb., and rates of postage are fixed for inland parcels between these weights. The maximum weight limit of 15lb. for parcels to the Republic of Ireland is unchanged.

The regulations come into operation on the 18th February 1963.

1963
(29 Apr)

Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Regulations 1963 (link)

These regulations amend the Inland Post Warrant 1961, as amended by the Inland Post Amendment (No. 1) Regulations 1961 and the Inland Post Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1963. The principal changes are as follows:–

  1. In relation to the Inland Post:–
    1. The postage rates for most parcels weighing more than 6lb. but not more than 15lb. are increased by varying amounts.
    2. The registration fee is increased by 3d. at all steps of the scale.
    3. The fee for Cash on Delivery packets is increased by 1s. at all steps of the scale.
  2. Changes similar to those mentioned at (1) (a) and (b) above are made for parcels and registered packets to the Republic of Ireland.

The regulations come into operation on the 29th April 1963.

1963
(26 Aug)

Inland Post Amendment (No.4) Regulations 1963 (link)

The principal change made by these regulations is that the maximum weight limit for parcels to the Republic of Ireland is raised from 15lb. to 22lb., and rates of postage are fixed for such parcels between these weights.

1964
(20 Jan)

Inland Post Regulations 1963 (link)

These regulations, which come into operation on the 20th January 1964, consolidate with amendments the regulations relating to the Inland Post and the Postal Services between the British postal area and the Republic of Ireland. The main change is that provision is made (reg. 25) for a new postal service for the general delivery of unaddressed packets within a particular area.

1965
(17 May)

Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Regulations 1965 (link)

These regulations amend the Inland Post Regulations 1963. The principal changes are as follows:–

  1. In relation to the Inland Post, the regulations increase the rates of postage for letters, postcards, printed packets, registered newspapers, sample packets and parcels, and express delivery fees.
  2. Similar increases are made in the rates of postage for letters, postcards, printed packets, registered newspapers and parcels to the Republic of Ireland and in the fees for those express delivery services which are available for postal packets to the Republic of Ireland.
  3. Postage on articles for the use of the blind (as defined in the 1963 Regulations) is abolished, both in the inland service and the service to the Republic of Ireland.
  4. The rebate of postage allowed on certain large postings of printed packets or sample packets is increased.

In the Schedules, the changes are shown in heavy type. The regulations come into operation on the 17th May 1965.

1966
(1 Jan)

Inland Post Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1965 (link)

These regulations provide for a new Lockable Private Box facility at certain Post Offices.

1966
(3 Oct)

Inland Post Amendment (No.3) Regulations 1966 (link)

These regulations further amend the Inland Post Regulations 1963. The principal changes are as follows:

  1. The regulations increase the rates of postage for most ordinary parcels, but reduce the minimum charge for a parcel. They also increase the rates of postage for letters weighing more than 1lb. 8oz.; the recorded delivery fee; the registration fees; the charges in the cash on delivery service; and certain advice of delivery fees and enquiry fees.
  2. A local parcel service is introduced at rates 1s. less than those for ordinary parcels.
  3. Provision is made as to the conditions under which compensation is payable for loss of or damage to coupons, vouchers, tokens, cards, stamps and similar documents which are exchangeable for money, goods or services.
  4. The maximum trade charge which may be collected in the cash on delivery service is increased to £50.
1967
(1 Nov)

Inland Post Regulations 1967 (link)

These regulations, which come into operation on 1st November 1967, consolidate with minor amendments the regulations relating to the inland post and the postal services between the British postal area and the Republic of Ireland.

1968
(1 May)

Inland Post Amendment (No.1) Regulations 1968 (link)

These regulations provide for the acceptance and transmission of parcels in bulk.

1968
(16 Sep)

Inland Post Regulations 1968 (link)

These Regulations, which come into effect on 16th September 1968, consolidate and amend the Inland Post Regulations 1967 and the Inland Post Amendment (No. 1) Regulations 1968.

The principal changes are as follows:–

  1. A choice is provided between a first and second class service for letters weighing up to 1½lbs., with provision for lower postage rates for second class letters (the despatch or delivery of which may be deferred). A letter is defined as meaning any postal packet except a printed packet, a packet consisting of articles for the use of the blind, a current registered newspaper, a parcel, an unaddressed packet or a petition or address to Her Majesty or to either House of Parliament.
  2. Letters over 1½lbs. in weight may only be sent by the first class letter service.
  3. New letter postage rates are introduced, and the first weight step is raised to 4oz. in both the first and second class services.
  4. The Postmaster General is empowered to fix a higher postage rate (not exceeding 7d. for a first class letter or 6d for a second class letter) for minimum weight letters which do not conform to the conditions of size, shape and material for a preferred letter.
  5. There is a service for printed packets weighing not less than 1½lb. nor more than 2lb. each.
  6. Special rates of postage are no longer provided for postcards or sample packets (both of which now come within the definition of a letter).
  7. The supplementary services of registration and express delivery at the request of the sender will not be available for second class letters or printed packets. Rebates for bulk postings will be given in the second class letter and printed packet services only. Articles for the use of the blind may still be sent free of postage and will not be subject to deferment. Current registered newspapers in course of distribution will be charged (a) if not exceeding 4oz. at the same rate as second class preferred letters, (b) if between 4oz. and 1½lb., at the same rate as other second class letters, and (c) if over 1½lb., at the same rate as printed packets; but they will not be subject to deferment.
  8. The regulations providing for the acceptance and transmission of parcels in bulk are extended to cover any unregistered postal packets (other than cash on delivery packets).
  9. Customs clearance fees for mail from the Channel Islands and the Irish Republic are increased, and a storage fee is introduced for incoming parcels from those places which are not cleared within 28 days.