§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (1) whether he will give a general direction to the Post Office Board to take advertisement space in the national Press and on television to advise the general public that as from 28th February, 1972, the Post Office will refuse to honour pre-decimal postal stamps and that these will be cashable by the original purchaser only at a discount loss as from this date;
(2) how much money the Post Office expect to obtain from their decision to refuse to honour pre-decimal stamps as from 28th February, 1972, and to repurchase these at a discount loss to the original purchasers.
§ Mr. Chataway
These are both matters for the Post Office; a general direction would not be appropriate. Pre-decimal stamps will remain valid until 29th February, 1972, not 28th February.