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British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Warrants and Regulations 1954-68

From the beginning of 1954, the regulations for the British Postal Agencies in Morocco and the Persian Gulf were split out into their own set of warrants, with separate general and parcel post versions as for the main Commonwealth and Foreign Post regulations. The last relevant warrant took effect on New Year's Day 1968 to revoke the previous warrants as all the agencies had closed as of 31st December 1966.

The various types of warrants (from 1962 termed regulations) are included together in the same table in chronological order below.

Date Instrument Explanatory Note
1954
(1 Jan)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Warrant 1953 (link)

This Warrant fixes rates of postage and fees and prescribes conditions for the postal services (other than the parcel post service) between the British Postal Agencies (in Morocco and the Persian Gulf) and other places, and between one Agency and another.

These services in the British Postal Agencies were previously covered by the British Commonwealth and Foreign Post Warrant 1948 as amended by subsequent Amendment Warrants. The 1948 Warrant and the Amendment Warrants are revoked by the British Commonwealth and Foreign Post Warrant 1953, which consolidates them with amendments. The 1953 Warrant, however, does not cover the services in the British Postal Agencies.

The Warrant gives effect to changes introduced by the Universal Postal Convention of Brussels; in particular:–

  1. No postage is made payable on packets consisting of Literature for the Blind which are sent by surface mail.
  2. Forms of advice of the delivery of registered packets may on the request of the sender be transmitted by air.

The other main alterations made by the Warrant are:–

  1. The rates of postage on letters and postcards sent from one Persian Gulf Agency to another, and to certain other places, are reduced (reg. 3 (1));
  2. The rates of postage on letters and postcards sent from the British Postal Agency at Tangier to the British Postal Agency at Tetuan are reduced (reg. 3 (2));
  3. The cheap "Forces" rate of postage on letters and postcards sent from the British Islands to ships of the Royal Navy and certain Armed Forces abroad is extended to letters and postcards sent to those destinations from the British Postal Agency at Tangier (reg. 3 (3)).
1958
(1 Jun)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Warrant 1958 (link)

This Warrant fixes rates of postage and fees (in local currency) and prescribes conditions for the postal services (other than the parcel post service) between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places, and between one agency and another. These services were previously covered by the British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Warrant, 1953, which is revoked by this Warrant.

The main alterations made by this Warrant are:–

  1. The omission of references to the Agencies in Morocco as a result of the closing of these agencies.
  2. Provision for a Small Packet service in the Persian Gulf Agencies.
1958
(1 Jun)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Post) Warrant, 1958 (link)

This Warrant fixes the rates of postage and fees and prescribes conditions for the parcel post services between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places and between one Agency and another.

These services were previously covered by the British Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Post Warrant, 1950, as amended by subsequent Amendment Warrants. The 1950 Warrant and the Amendment Warrants are revoked by the British Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Post Warrant, 1958, which consolidates them with minor amendments, but does not cover the services in the British Postal Agencies.

The main alterations made by this Warrant are:–

  1. The replacement of the registration service for parcels transmitted from one Agency to another by an insured service. (Regulations 7 and 8).
  2. An increase from 15 to 22 lb. in the maximum weight for parcels transmitted from one Agency to another. (Regulation 6 of the British Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Post Warrant, 1958, as applied by Regulation 11 of this Warrant).
  3. The omission of reference to the Agencies in Morocco as a result of the closing of these Agencies.
1959
(1 Apr)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Warrant 1959 (link)

This Warrant provides for changes in the postal services (other than the parcel post service) between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places, and between one Agency and another, introduced in compliance with the Universal Postal Convention of Ottawa. These include changes similar to those made by the British Commonwealth and Foreign Post Warrant, 1959, and include in addition alterations in rates of postage, compensation fees for insured letters and the scale of compensation. References to Kuwait (where the British Postal Agency is closed) have been omitted.

1959
(1 Apr)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Post) Amendment (No. 1) Warrant 1959 (link)

This Warrant amends the regulations relating to the parcel post services between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places and between one Agency and another. The main changes are as follows:–

  1. The compensation fees and scale of compensation on insured parcels are altered.
  2. The Warrant provides for changes consequent on the adherence of the United Kingdom to the Universal Postal Union Parcel Post Agreement, on the lines of the changes made by the British Commonwealth and Foreign Parcel Post Amendment (No. 1) Warrant, 1959.
1961
(1 Feb)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Amendment (No. 1) Warrant 1961 (link)

This Warrant amends the regulations relating to the postal services (other than the parcel post service) between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian, Gulf and other places, and between one Agency and another.

1962
(1 Jun)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1962 (link)

These Regulations, which come into operation on 1st June 1962, apply to the postal services (other than the parcel post service) between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places, and between one Agency and another. They amend the list of countries or places in respect of which reduced rates of postage and special limits of weight and size apply; the main amendment is the deletion from the list of the Union of South Africa and South West Africa.

1963
(1 Jul)

British Postal Agencies (Commonwealth and Foreign Post) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 1963 (link)

These regulations, which come into operation on 1st July 1963, apply to the postal services (other than the parcel post service) between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places, and between one Agency and another. They amend the list of countries or places in respect of which reduced rates of postage and special limits of weight and size apply.

1968
(1 Jan)

British Postal Agencies Revocation Regulations 1967 (link)

These regulations revoke the warrants and regulations relating

  1. to postal services between the British Postal Agencies in the Persian Gulf and other places, and between one Agency and another, and
  2. to money orders applied for, issued or payable at the Agencies. The last Agency, Abu Dhabi, was closed on 31st December 1966.