HC Deb 20 May 1953 vol 515 cc2052-3
2. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when the new books of stamps containing those of the new reign will be available; and how many are being printed each month of each variety.

Mr. Gammans

Five shilling books containing l½d. and 2½d. stamps of the new reign have been on sale at post offices since 12th May: the 2s. 6d. books will be available at some offices this week and at others shortly afterwards. The May edition of the new books will comprise about 1,750,000 of the 2s. 6d. variety and about 1,300,000 of the 5s. The June edition of the 2s. 6d. books will be about 3 millions. The next edition of the 5s. books will be for July and about 1½ millions will be printed.

Mr. Freeman

Can the hon. Gentleman say when the book will contain all stamps of the new reign, and whether any are available now, and, if so, whether they are being issued through all the main post offices?

Mr. Gammans

The present books of stamps are mixed, containing both old and new reign stamps.