§ 48. Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
asked the Postmaster-General 349 whether any decision has been arrived at with regard to the sale at post offices of picture postcards and photographic views?
§ 49. Sir C. RAWSON
asked the Post-master-General whether he has considered the representations made to him by the booksellers and stationery industry in opposition to the suggestion to issue for sale at post offices stamped postcards with photographic views of British seaside and inland resorts, on the ground that such sale would encroach upon the legitimate trade of stationers and similar shops; and what answer he has given?
§ 50. Mr. SINKINSON
asked the Postmaster-General if any decision has been arrived at regarding the advertising of British health resorts by the aid of picture postcards; and if he will state the size of picture proposed to be used?
§ The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Attlee)
A final decision has not yet been reached. The proposal under consideration is to print on the cards issued at post offices in certain districts a local view, measuring approximately 2¾ by 1¼ inches, in the top left-hand corner of the address side. I have no reason to suppose that the proposal would encroach upon the trade of stationers or other shops; in fact, it would only be adopted where the local authority consider it advantageous to the locality and is ready to co-operate.
§ Sir A. LAMBERT WARD
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many of these small stationers consider that this will infringe considerably upon their trade?
§ Mr. ATTLEE
I think that the stationers who have taken that attitude have not informed themselves as to the actual proposal.
Sir NAIRNE STEWART SANDE- MAN
Can we be quite certain that these 350 postcards will not be used for propaganda purposes?
§ Sir C. RAWSON
May I be allowed to ask a supplementary on my question? Is this the beginning of another attempt to nationalise industries?