HC Deb 23 February 1966 vol 725 c402
16. Mr. Younger

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will increase the number of post offices which sell special envelopes on the introduction of new postage stamps.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Sixty-four post offices already provide this service, but my right hon. Friend is always willing to increase the number if the local demand justifies it. For example, he added Ayr, Alloway, Dumfries, Greenock, Kilmarnock and Mauchline to the offices that offered philatelic services for the Robert Burns stamp issue on 25th January.

Mr. Younger

I welcome what the hon. Gentleman has said about the Burns stamp, but to me it is incomprehensible that these special envelopes should not be available at all general post offices, since they make a profit for the Post Office. Is the Assistant Postmaster-General aware that the Battle of Britain stamps produced last year were not available in Ayr Post Office, which is a very important general post office serving a large area?

Mr. Slater

These points are always weighed when we are considering what ought to be done.