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5. The limit of size prescribed for ordinary book
packets does not apply to printed Parliamentary
(20) Parliamentary Notices.
Parliamentary Notices may be forwarded through
the post under the following regulations: —
1. The words "Parliamentary Notice" mast be
legibly printed on the face of the letter ; and in
order to secure the speedy return of any notices
which may be undelivered, the name and address of
the solicitor issuing such parliamentary notice should
also be legibly printed or written on the face of the
letter; though this is ncjt imperative.
2. These notices must be posted either at the
General Post Office, St. Martio's-le-Grand, in Lou-
don; the General Post Office in Dublin; the General
Post Office in Edinburgh; or at the chief office at
one of the following towns : —
Newcastle-upon Tyne,
3. All notices which by the standing orders of
either house of Parliament are iequired to be served
on or before the 15th December must be posted not
later than the 12th December, unless the 12th fall
on a Sunday, when they must be posted not later
than the 11th; and those notices which by the
same orders may be served after the 15th, must be
posted at least three clear days before the time
specified in the standing orders.
4. The postage chargeable on these notices, and
the registration fee of sixpence on each, must be
prepaid by stamps.
5. The notices must be posted at the Post Office
window, accompanied with duplicate lists of the
addresses, the notices being arranged, for the con-
venience of comparison, in the order of the list.
These lists will be examined by the officer in attend-
ance at the window ; and if they correspond with
the addresses he will sign and stamp every sheet of
each list. One of the duplicate lists will then be
returned to the person who brought the letters, and
the other forwarded to the Secretary, General Post
Office, London.
6. The hours fur receiving such notices are the
same as those for the registration of ordinary letters,
unless they be presented at such a time as to inter-
fere with the other duties of the office; in which
cae the Postmaster may appoint any other time
within the next twenty-four hours fur receiving the
same, provided that, when the notices are to be
served on or before the loth December, such arrange-
ment do not delay the posting beyond the 12th,
7. Re- directed parliamentary notices are, like
letters, liable to an additional rate of postage.
8. The senders of parliamentary notices should, if
possible, arrange on the previous day with the Post-
master, as to the most convenient time fur posting
them, and state the probable number.
(21) Notices relating to Voting of Members of
Parliament and Poll-Books.
1 . Notices relating to votes for Members of Parlia-
ment, belonging to any of the classes enumerated in
the Acts 6 Vict. c. 18 and 13 & 14 Vict. c. G9,
can also be sent through the post (with the securities
for their safe delivery enjoined by the Acts) on pre-
payment, in stamps, t>f the postage at the letter rate
— whether Inland or Foreign, as the case may be —
and of a registration fee of twopence, provided the}'
be presented, duly directed, open -and in dupliea'e,
to the Postmaster of an office which is al-o a Money
Order Office.* On receiving the notices the Post-
master will compare each with its duplicate, and if
the two agree, the latter will be stamped and
returned to the besrer. The notices must be pre-
sented at least half an hour before the fixed times
for posting ordinary letters.
2. The production by the person who posted a
notice of the stamped duplicate is evidence of the
notice having been given to the person at the place
mentioned, on the day on which such notice would,
in the ordinary ourtc of post, have been delivered
3. They are liable to the usual charge for re-
4. When ballot papers are presented by any-
returning officer to be forwarded by post, the Post-
master is required to give to such officer an acknow-
ledgment thereof in writing, stating the time when
he received it. The prepayment of the postage on
ballot papers is optional.
1. The Post Office is not, by law, responsible for
any loss or inconvenience which may arise from the
non-delivery, mis-sending, or mis-delivery of any
letter, book, or other postal packet (even if the
packet be registered). Nor is it responsible for any
injury which a letter or packet may sustain in its
2. To guard against such injury from stamping
or pressure, no packet should be sent through the
post without being well protected, and even with
this precaution no fragile at tide should be sent
through the post. It should be remembered that
every packet has to be handled several times, that it
is exposed to considerable pressure and friction in
the mail bag, and that whenever the bag is, in the
course of transmision, to he transferred by means
of the Railway Post Office Apparatus, the risk of
injury is much increased.
3. No information cat; be given respecting letters
which pass through a Post Office except to the
persons to whom they are addressed ; an din no other
way is official infortnat : on of a private character
allowed to be made public.
4. Provision having been made, by means of the
British Postal Guide "(with local Postal Guides in
large towns) and the Postal Official Circular, to
supply full and authentic information on all postal
matters, the public should abstain, as much as
possible, from applying for such information to the
officers of the department. When infoimation is
asked for, the application should be in writing, and
* The posting of these notices is confined strictly
to Post Offices where Money Order business is_ trans-
acted; consequently, whenever such business is sus-
pended at any office none of tliese notices can tbovc be

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