Universal ocean penny postage : speech by Mr. J. Henniker Heaton, M.P. for Canterbury, in the House of Commons, Commons Sitting of 30 March 1886 Series 3 Vol. 304
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Speech by Mr Henniker Heaton (Canterbury), in rising to move a Resolution in favour of universal International Penny Postage; includes this extract:
'in respect of the postal communication of this country with our Colonies and with foreign nations, there are new and distinct advantages to be secured, provided always, that the service is cheap, rapid, and trustworthy. I assert that it is, however, wanting in the first of these qualifications. And I further assert that the distinct advantages to which I have referred as attainable are, to a large extent, sacrificed. These are, first, the promotion of cousinly feeling with the millions of Englishmen dwelling in our Colonies...I may pretend to speak with some degree of knowledge respecting one of the greatest, most prosperous, and, I may be permitted to add, most loyal of the British Colonies—Australia. To that country a large proportion of the more intelligent and deserving emigrants annually go from "the old country" '
Main Question, on Division, negatived. (The House divided: Ayes 127; Noes [...] Majority 131)