HC Deb 08 June 1939 vol 348 c637W
Sir H. Cayzer

asked the Postmaster-General on whose authority and for what reason the royal monogram G.R. VI on the two, three, and five shilling books of stamps issued by his Department has been replaced by G.P.O.?

Mr. Mabane

This change has no constitutional significance whatever. The essential elements, the stamps, bear a representation of the sovereign; and there was no advantage in placing the royal monogram on the cover, which is merely a wrapper for the stamps. Here it was in close proximity to commercial advertisements, which were not always consonant with its dignity; and, having received some public criticisms which he felt to be justified, my right hon. Friend authorised the change, which came into force in April, 1938.