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Correspondence Irish Post / British Postal Administration
G. P. O.,
In papers 271,121/23, arrangements were made whereby correspondence posted in the Irish Free State for the Haifa-Baghdad Overland Mail is included in the mails made up in London and the full amount of the special fee (3d. per oz. for letters and 1d. per 2 oz. for printed matters) is paid over the administration.
If closed Mails were made up in Dublin for the Haifa-Baghdad Service, the transit payments to Iraq would be at the rates of 8 francs per kilogram for letters and 1,30 francs for Other articles (International Bureau Circular 4854/154 of 15.6.25). The amount of correspondence posted in the Free State is not however, sufficient to warrant the making up of a closed bag or "Packet" in Dublin and, in any case, delay would be incurred by the circulation of correspondence from the Provinces though Dublin.
It is desired to encourage the public to make use of this service and of the Air Malls by maintaining in the Free State the same special fees as charged in Great Britain but it may be found impracticable to do so if a small margin of revenue is not available against the printing and accounting costs in connection with the services.
On this account, therefore, the Secretary would be glad if you
could consider whether it would be possible to charge this Departement,
in respect of the special transit of the Haifa-Baghdad correspondence,
fixed rates per lb. gross, as in the case of the Cairo-Baghdad-Basra Air
On this account, therefore, the Secretary would be glad if you could consider whether it would be possible to charge this Departement, in respect of the special transit of the Haifa-Baghdad correspondence, fixed rates per lb. gross, as in the case of the Cairo-Baghdad-Basra Air Mail.
To be continued
Department of Posts and Telegraphs
In the circumstances, a rate of 3S./- per lb. gross for letters and 6d. per lb. for other articles will be accepted on correspondence from the Irish Free State included in the letter and parcel mails respectively sent by the Haifa-Baghdad Overland route.
Subject to your concurrence it is proposed to bring the new arrangement into force on the 1st of April next.