HC Deb 12 April 1938 vol 334 c919
48. Sir Douglas Thomson

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will arrange that Government Departments shall affix an Empire Exhibition stamp to official correspondence in order to ensure the widest possible publicity to the Empire Exhibition?

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Lieut.-Colonel Colville)

My hon. Friend will be glad to know that the Postmaster-General has already made special arrangements by which many millions of letters are now being stamped with an advertisement of the Exhibition. This will give far wider publicity to the Exhibition than would the affixing of a special stamp to official correspondence, the great bulk of which is between the Departments themselves and has, therefore, no publicity value. I think, therefore, that the scheme to which I have referred will achieve the object which my hon. Friend has in mind.

Sir D. Thomson

While thanking my right hon. and gallant Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he will, bring this matter before the Overseas Trade Department, as many firms abroad, so far as their principals are concerned, do not open their envelopes and, therefore, do not see the postmark?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

I can only answer for the Departments generally. Perhaps my hon. Friend will take up the question with the Department concerned.