HC Deb 22 July 1966 vol 732 cc159-60W
Mr. Goodhew

asked the Postmaster-General why a design was agreed upon for a 4d. stamp to commemorate the World Cup 1966, in which the profile of Her Majesty the Queen appeared as an insignificant silhouette, little larger than the football which appeared in the diametrically opposite corner; why an advertisement for the printers was permitted as part of the overall design; and what fee was paid by this firm for this advertisement.

Mr. Edward Short

I do not regard the profile as insignificant; the design was selected in the usual way on the advice of my Stamp Advisory Committee.

The printers name together with that of the designer, where appropriate, has been shown in the margin of special-issue stamps since last October with the aim of attracting overseas orders for stamp printing and designing. No fee is paid.

Mr. Dan Jones

asked the Postmaster-General if he will announce details of the special stamps illustrating British technology, and of those to commemorate the Battle of Hastings.

Mr. Edward Short

The Technology series will feature the Jodrell Bank radio-telescope, British motor engineering, the Hovercraft, and an advanced gas-cooled nuclear reactor; the issue date will now be 19th September.

The Battle of Hastings commemorative issue on 14th October will consist of a strip of six designs for the 4d. denomination, a 6d. stamp and a treble-sized ls. 3d. stamp. All these stamps will depict scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry.

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