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Postage Stamps (Paper Supply)

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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63.

asked the Postmaster-General why, at a time when paper is in such short supply, it has been decided to increase the quantity of paper in postage stamps by 20 per cent.?

I could not see my way to resist the strong public demand for the issue of a special series of postage stamps to mark the important occasion of the centenary of the introduction of the first adhesive postage stamp, and it was not possible to accommodate a suitable design in a stamp of ordinary dimensions. Substantial economies in other directions in the use of paper have been effected by the Post Office.