HC Deb 27 February 1952 vol 496 cc1117-8
1. Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when it is proposed to issue postage stamps bearing the head of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. David Gammans)

A decision has not yet been reached. An announcement will be made as soon as definite information is available.

Sir I. Fraser

Could the hon. Gentleman say what steps are being taken about the design, and could he also say whether a Coronation stamp is contemplated?

Mr. Gammans

That, too, is under consideration.

Mr. Ede

Will the hon. Gentleman say whether it will be possible in the new issue of stamps to have some design illustrative of the industries and amenities of the country?

Mr. Gammans

That is a matter, of course, which has to be decided by Her Majesty and is not entirely a matter for the Post Office.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that in the early days of postage stamps this country was pre-eminent in design and that we have fallen sadly away from that high standard? Will Her Majesty's Government do their best to restore the position?

Mr. C. R. Hobson

Will the hon. Gentleman say whether the usual practice of consulting artists, who submit designs, will be followed?

Mr. Gammans

Yes. Sir.