HC Deb 13 July 1922 vol 156 cc1453-4

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that there is some confusion in the public mind as to whether the l½d. postage stamp is or is not a valid receipt stamp; and will he have printed across the 2d. stamp receipt or postage, thus differentiating it from stamps of the other denominations as the stamp alone usable for acknowledgment of £2 or over?


I am not aware that there is any general misapprehension on this point. The l½d. stamp, like all other postage stamps up to 1s., is inscribed "Postage" "Revenue" and is available in conjunction with a halfpenny stamp for payment of receipt duty. This arrangement is designed to meet the public convenience, which would not be promoted by the restriction which the hon. Member suggests.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the words "Postage" and "Revenue" are printed in such microscopic characters that not one person in a hundred understands anything about it; and does he refuse to make it clear by printing across it the word "receipt" in order to show that it-is the only stamp to be used for that purpose?