HC Deb 18 March 1925 vol 181 cc2269-70
82. Captain A. EVANS

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware that no representative of Wales served on either the 1923 Committee which was appointed to Select the faces of type and modes of display for Government printing or the Standing Committee on Coins, Medals, and Decorations, which were responsible for the change of the National Emblem of the Principality embodied in the State shield on Post Office stationery; and, in view of this, before such a change becomes general, will he undertake to consult representative. Welsh opinion on this subject?


While the incorporation of the daffodil in the Royal Arms as the emblem for Wales was made on the recommendation of the Committees referred to, I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that this flower has been commonly adopted for this purpose since 1912 in designs of stamps. As to whether there is adequate historical basis for its selection and whether representative Welsh opinion was consulted in the first instance I would ask him to consult the right hon. Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) who was responsible for the decision in 1912.

Captain EVANS

In view of the fact that my right hon. Friend would not direct the altering of the national emblem of Scotland without consulting hon. Members on the Opposition Benches, will he kindly afford the same facilities and courtesy to those who represent Wales?


It is not a question of altering the emblem. It has been used on stamps, beginning with the National Insurance Act stamps, with the high authority of the right hon. Member for Carnarvon Boroughs, since 1912.