HC Deb 11 May 1960 vol 623 cc391-2
11. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Postmaster-General if he will state the names of the British heroes and literati whose centenaries he proposes to celebrate by the issues of special postage stamps, and the principle he will apply to the selection of an appropriate design for each of them.

Miss Pike

We have no such proposals in mind.

Mr. Hughes

Does not the Minister realise that in this branch of culture and initiative, Britain is greatly outstripped by countries as various as Russia, Australia and the Republic of Ireland, and will the Minister take steps to put Britain on the philatelic map and reap a valuable income thereby?

Miss Pike

I think that, as the hon. and learned Member realises, the history of this nation is so rich in heroes and out literature is so rich in great men that it would be very difficult and very invidious to try to find which heroes to commemorate. I am sure that the hon. Member's hon. Friend the Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) will agree that " Every craw thinks its ain bird the whitest".

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