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Stamps (Special Issues)

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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85.

asked the Postmaster-General what instructions he has given to the staff of the Post Office in order to enable them to identify any unauthorised stamp from those of the new stamp issues, which are increasing rapidly.

Details of new stamp issues are circulated to Post Office staff approximately two months, and again one week, before the stamps are put on sale.The staff has standing instructions on the treatment of postal items bearing unauthorised stamps. No special instructions have been necessary.

86.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will introduce a commemorative stamp issue in 1966 relating to the Norman Conquest rather than to the Battle of Hastings alone; and whether he will include one value commemorating the offering of the Crown to William at Berkhamsted.

asked the Postmaster-General how many special issues of commemorative stamps there have been since he has been in office; and how many stamps were issued on each occasion.

Eight special issues. There were eight stamps in the Battle of Britain issue, and two in each of the others.

asked the Postmaster-General if he will tabulate his plans for celebrating Scottish heroes, scientists, literati and historical events on lines similar to those celebrating similar English people and events.

I assume that my hon. and learned Friend has commemorative stamp issues in mind, and I would refer him to my reply of 27th October to the hon. and gallant Member for Wembley, North (Wing Commander Sir E. Bullus).