Post Office (Evasion of Postage) Act, 1937

Power of Minister to require returns.

4.—(1) Whenever a postal packet to which this Act applies is discovered by the Minister in course of post, the Minister may by notice in writing require the person from whom such postal packet purports to come or by whom or on whose behalf it purports to be sent to furnish to the Minister within a time (not less than three days from the service of such notice) specified in such notice a return stating—

(a) the place at which such postal packet was posted, and

(b) the name and address of the person by whom such postal packet was posted, and

(c) the number of similar postal packets to which this Act applies which were posted on a date or during a period specified in such notice.

(2) A notice under this section shall be served on the person thereby required to furnish a return and may be so served by sending it by prepaid post addressed to such person at the address or any of the addresses of such person stated in the postal packet to which such notice relates.

(3) If any person who is required by a notice under this section to make a return to the Minister fails to make such return within the time specified in that behalf in such notice or makes in such return a statement which is false or misleading in any material respect, such person shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds.