HC Deb 09 November 1955 vol 545 c1825
5. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that British postage stamps could be improved by including in their designs the faces of famous literary, scientific, and historic persons; that such inclusions would benefit the taxpayers and the Post Office by increasing the sales of such postage stamps to philatelists and others; and if he will consider issuing such stamps in the future.

Dr. Hill

No, Sir.

Mr. Hughes

Is there any immutable rule which prevents this being done in Britain? Is the Minister aware that no terrible catastrophe has followed the adoption of the practice which I recommend in other parts of the British Commonwealth? Why should Britain lag behind?

Dr. Hill

It is traditional in this country that the head of the reigning monarch should be the basic feature of all our stamps, and I think that there is no desire to depart from that.

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