HC Deb 09 July 1958 vol 591 cc393-4
53. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Postmaster-General what kind of special stamps he is issuing in celebration of the British Empire Games.

Mr. Marples

Three special double-sized postage stamps in the 3d., 6d., and 1s. 3d. denominations to mark the British Empire and Commonwealth Games will be put on sale on 18th July; details of the designs were published on 4th July.

Mr. Hughes

Can the Minister explain why he has given three special-sized stamps to Wales? I have no objection to Wales getting the stamps, but does the Minister know what the Scots will say when, Wales having got the stamps, he refuses to provide Burns stamps? Is not this adding insult to injury?

Mr. Marples

The stamps are not to commemorate Wales; they are to commemorate the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, which happen to be taking place in Wales. In any case, these Games are an event, and the Post Office has often issued stamps commemorating events, whereas Burns is a person—a very notable person, I agree—and the British Post Office has never issued a postage stamp to commemorate a person.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

I have full sympathy for my hon. Friend's desire for a Burns stamp, but may I express my gratitude to the Postmaster-General for having provided stamps for the British Empire Games, in which teams from thirty-seven countries within the Commonwealth, and from all the Continents, will be taking part?