Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 23

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letter mattered to the second class service 'We are told not to refer to items as junk mail because they bring in so much money'

It is all a far cry from the days of Rowland Hill, the founding father of the modern Post Office, who had two ideas that revolutionised postal delivery ? a flat rate for sending mail and an adhesive stamp to pay for the delivery. At a stroke, his reforms of 1840 simplified the entire way postal services had been run. Although the Government retains ownership, the Post Office has been given greater freedom to exercise its own commercial judgment.

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