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New Stamps

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Postmaster-General the estimated extra quantity and cost of paper, materials, and printing which may be incurred by doubling the size of the centenary issue of adhesive stamps?

The stamps of the centenary issue are not double the normal size, but only half as big again. The extra paper required amounts to about 18 tons; the extra quantities of other materials needed are small. As regards cost, it is contrary to Government policy to disclose contract prices, but the whole of the extra expenditure involved by the issue, including labour and design, will amount to about £5,500, and this is expected to be more than covered by extra receipts likely to accrue from sales to collectors.