HC Deb 01 February 1965 vol 705 cc235-6W
Mr. Clive Bossom

asked the Postmaster-General if he will mark the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Britain by issuing special commemorative stamps to include the head of Sir Winston Churchill.

Mr. Benn

I have now drawn up my special stamp programme for this year. In addition to the stamp commemorating the life of Sir Winston Churchill that I have already announced, the programme will be as follows:

  • May—the Centenary of the International Telecommunication Union.
  • June—the 700th Anniversary of the sitting of the First Parliament.
  • July—the Centenary of the Salvation Army.
  • August—the Centenary of Joseph Lister's discovery of antiseptic surgery.
  • September—the 25th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
  • September or October—the Commonwealth Arts Festival.
  • October—the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations.
There will also be a stamp featuring the Post Office communications tower: and I have decided to issue, in January, 1966, a Robert Burns stamp. I shall be announcing the actual dates of issue and the value of these stamps later.

These issues will provide opportunities for many artists to demonstrate their skill in stamp design. As a further encouragement to this particular art form I intend over the next two years to sponsor a Fellowship in Minuscule Design with special reference to stamps. I shall announce details later.

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