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Postage Stamps: Design

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance he provides to the Royal Mail on stamp design; and if he will make a statement. (229389)

Decisions relating to Royal Mail’s operational matters, which include decisions on stamp designs, are the direct responsibility of the company.

The company has a well-established process for choosing its stamp designs. Its own researchers examine all major anniversaries over a five-year period and give careful consideration to any suggestions from organisations or members of the public. Royal Mail receives around 2,000 suggestions for stamp designs every year.

The subjects selected for commemoration on stamps are carefully researched and briefs formulated for the company’s in-house design team. These specialist staff commission designers, illustrators, photographers and other image makers to respond to the brief, given the unique parameters of a postage stamp. A selection of designs is then reviewed by the company’s Stamp Advisory Committee to ensure balance and diversity before the finalised designs are put before Her Majesty the Queen for approval.