HC Deb 27 March 1939 vol 345 cc1703-4
40. Mr. Sutcliffe

asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that the centenary of the introduction of postage stamps in this country occurs next year, he will take steps to meet the wishes of British philatelists by arranging for the production of a stamp of outstanding merit for the occasion?

Major Tryon

Yes, Sir. I propose to issue four commemorative stamps of the ½d., 1d., 1½d. and 2½d. denominations. I am inviting designs from about 30 artists and I have been helped in their selection by suggestions from bodies representing both art and industry. There are certain features which must be incorporated in these stamps, but as far as possible the artists will be given a free hand in their designs. I propose to ask the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Council for Art and Industry to give me the benefit of their advice in judging the designs submitted.

Sir Nairne Stewart Sandeman

Is it not the custom with these commemorative stamps to issue them in very much higher denominations because philatelists like to secure unused copies?

Major Tryon

I will consider my hon. Friend's suggestion, but special stamps are usually issued in the lower denominations to make them more readily available.