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Special Stamps

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the Postmaster-General if he will list all the new stamps which have been introduced since October, 1964, and which he proposes to introduce in the future, showing in each case the name of the designer, the fee paid or to be paid to him, and the cost or estimated cost of introducing each new stamp.

The production costs of all issues since October, 1964, together with an estimate for the first two issues of 1966, amount to £114,000. In addition, designers' fees amount to £10,000, including the normal fee—fixed in 1958 —of 250 guineas for each design used. Details are given in the attached list. Twenty-eight commemorative stamps have been or will be issued in all, bringing in an estimated philatelic revenue of £590,000.Apart from the two issues shown, I have not yet decided how many stamps

IssueValuesDesignerCost of Production
8th July, 1965—
Commemoration of Sir Winston Churchill's Life.4d.David Gentleman and Rosalind Dease19,427
1s. 3d.
19th July, 1965—
700th Anniversary of Simon de Montfort's Parliament.6d.Stewart Black4,258
2s. 6d.Professor R. Guyatt
9th August, 1965—
Salvation Army Centenary3d.M. C. Farrar Bell11,901
1s. 6d.G. Trenaman
1st September, 1965—
Joseph Lister Centenary4d.P. Gauld13,537
1s. 0d.F. Ariss
1st September, 1965—
Commonwealth Arts Festival6d.David Gentleman and Rosalind Dease3,003
13th September, 1965—1s. 6d.
25th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.6s. 4d.David Gentleman and Rosalind Dease21,179
9d.J. A. Restall
1s. 3d.David Gentleman and Rosalind Dease
8th October, 1965—
Opening of Post Office Tower3d.Clive Abbott7,482
1s. 3d.
25th October, 1965—
20th Anniversary of United Nations3d.G. Matthews6,951
1s. 6d.
15th November, 1965—
International Telecommunication Union Centenary.9d.J. A. Restall5,391
1s. 6d.
25th January, 1966—
Robert Burns4d.G. F. Huntly12,900 (estimated)
1s. 3d.
28th February, 1966—
900th Anniversary of Westminster Abbey.3d.Designs not yet selected8,200 (estimated)
2s. 6d

asked the Postmaster-General what is the extra cost of designing, producing and printing the double-sized postage stamps as compared to a normal square postage stamp; how many issues of double-sized postage stamps have been made since October, 1964; and what has been the extra cost compared with that of ordinary stamps.

The extra cost of designing, producing and printing double-sized postage stamps depends on the number printed, the nature of the design, e.g., number of different colours used, and so on. It may vary from £2,000 to nearly £20,000. There have been nine special issues since October, 1964, one stamp celebrating the 700th anniversary of Simon de Montfort's Parliament was

should be included in any of next year's special issues, or who the designers should be. I cannot, therefore, give an estimate of the costs of production.

In addition to the stamps listed, I shall also be issuing 4d. regional stamps early next year. Final details have not yet been settled, but I do not expect the cost to be very high.

treble size, the others double size and the total extra cost was about £87,000. The estimated philatelic revenue for these issues was £480,000.