HC Deb 07 November 1961 vol 648 cc777-8
18. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Postmaster-General if, in view of the variety of types of new stamps that have been recently issued, he will now consider issuing a special Robert Burns stamp for Scotland.

Miss Pike

No, Sir.

Mr. Hughes

Yes, but is the hon. Lady aware that that reply will cause great annoyance to the Leader of the House? Is she aware that at the Conservative Party Conference the Leader of the House quoted eloquently from Robert Burns, "A man's a man for a' that" as illustrating the Conservative Party's colonial policy. If the hon. Lady has no consideration for Scotland, cannot she have some consideration for the feelings of the Leader of the House and the Colonies?

Miss Pike

I share with the Leader of the House and the hon. Member a love for Robert Burns, and I can best answer him, I think, in the words which Burns wrote in "Verses addressed to John Rankine": The breaking of ae point, tho' sma' Breaks a' thegither.

Mr. Rankin

Can the hon. Lady quote what he said about John Rankine?

Miss Pike

He said he was "a sonsie man".

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