HC Deb 08 March 1937 vol 321 cc785-6
36. Mr. Lyons

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has now reached any decision upon the issue of a special Coronation stamp?

Major Tryon

My attention has hitherto been devoted in the main to the preparation of designs for the permanent issue of stamps of the new reign. In this matter I have received valuable assistance from the Royal Fine Art Commission and from the Council for Art and Industry, and decisions have now been reached on the various considerations involved. I hope that the stamps of the new design in the most frequently used denominations will be ready by the date of the Coronation. The question of a special commemorative issue of certain of the higher denominations is now receiving urgent consideration.

Mr. Lyons

If I put a question down next week, will the right hon. Gentleman be able to give me the results of this consideration?

Mr. H. G. Williams

Is the Postmaster-General aware that nearly every Dominion and Colony is doing this; and is it not time that we set an example?

Major Tryon

We are setting an example by the rapidity with which we are bringing out the main issue of stamps, which is being done much more rapidly than in the past.

Lieut.-Commander Agnew

If there is to be a special Coronation commemorative issue, would it not be as well to have it in the lowest values, in order to make it as widespread as possible?

Major Tryon

No, Sir, I think not. The main issue is on such a huge scale that it is very important to get it produced. I believe we have to produce 250,000,000 of one item of the main issue. The great thing is to get on with the postage of this country by producing these main issues at once.