§ 68. Mr. EVELYN CECIL
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman can state the cause of the continued delay in issuing postage stamps with the portrait of His Majesty other than of the values of ½d. and 1d.; and whether any date can yet be given for their appearance?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
I regret that owing to the printed sheets of stamps being far below the standard which it was possible to obtain with the proof sheet, it is necessary further to delay the proposed issues while steps are taken to improve the plates. Every effort will be made to issue the stamps at the earliest possible date.