HC Deb 08 May 1940 vol 360 c1218
37. Sir William Davison

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the issue of a new 2½d. stamp inscribed postage and war tax so that those who have to bear this additional burden may be reminded that they are contributing something towards the cost of the war?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

A new series of centenary stamps was issued the day before yesterday, and arrangements have been made for the issue of a series of Franco-British stamps in the autumn. I am afraid that it is impracticable to issue yet another design of stamp on the lines suggested by my hon. Friend.

Sir W. Davison

Would it not be possible to adopt letterpress somewhat on the lines stated in the Question, as many people consider, to use an agricultural simile which should appeal to my right hon. Friend, that it would "temper the wind to the shorn lamb"?

Mr. Morrison

I think it is known to the public that the increased postage rates are contributing towards the war.

Mr. Thorne

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of having the 2½d. stamps made very much smaller?