High Value Packet and Bankers Special Packet Rates 1930-1998
1986: double BSP tag from Ballivanich, Isle of Benbecula, paying £12.39 rate
Banks needed to transfer new banknotes from the head office to the branches, and "retire" used notes to the head office for destruction. In addition, a number of national banks in Scotland, Northern Ireland and elsewhere had the right to issue their own notes. As these were accepted tender throughout the UK, used notes needed "repatriation" between receiving and issuing banks.
The High Value Packet (HVP) service was designed for this need (and so was only available to banks) and offered additional security in the registered post. It began in most of Great Britain in 1930, but was only extended to major Scottish cities late in 1960, and to the whole of Scotland in 1961. HVPs were carried at normal postage rates for the minimum registration fee until the introduction of an additional charge per pound in 1966, and were distinguished by a special label with white text "HVP".
The HVP service ended in most of the country in 1973, replaced by the use of security firms, except in Scotland where the remoteness of Highland banks and long stretches of lonely road made security firm operation difficult. It ended in Scotland also in 1975, but was quickly replaced by the "Bankers Special Packet" (BSP) service, with a flat rate charge based on an assumed average weight of 7lb. The 1983 charge lasted until registered post service was folded into the new special delivery service in 1998.
Reference: High Value Packets and Bankers Special Packets – the Post Office 'secret' services by Mike O'Hara, available from the downloads section.
High Value Packets, 1930-1975
The charges below were added to postage at the normal letter rate and the minimum registration fee.
|No special charge||1966
|2s per lb||1969
|4s 6d per lb|
|22½p per lb||1975
Bankers' Special Packets, 1975-1998
The charges below were a flat rate regardless of weight, with no additional fees payable.