HC Deb 30 May 1951 vol 488 cc23-4W
Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the confusion that has been caused by the transposition of the colours of the postage stamps valued ½d. to 2½d; and what was the reason for this change.

Mr. Ness Edwards

As explained in the Press notices which have been issued on this subject the recent changes in the colours of our postage stamps have been made in order to comply with the requirements of the Universal Postal Convention. A change of this character was bound to cause some initial difficulty, but this is rapidly disappearing as the public use up their stocks of stamps in the old colours.

Brigadier Clarke

asked the Postmaster-General what he proposes to do with the old issue of stamps now being replaced by the Festival issue.

Mr. Ness Edwards

Unsold stamps of the old issue in the lower denominations will be pulped. The 2s. 6d., 5s., 10s. and £1 stamps of the old design will remain on sale until exhausted.