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Royal Mail: Commemorative Stamps

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the postal authorities to ensure that the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is marked by a special issue of stamps.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Decisions relating to the subject matter and designs ofstamps, are the direct responsibility of Royal Mail's management. Suggestions for topics for Royal Mail's stamps should be pursued direct with the company.

Royal Mail is aware of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and it is on a long list of subjects under consideration for 2015. The company will not however be finalising decisions on the content of the 2015 stamp programme until 2013.

Royal Mail has a well established process in place for selecting topics that celebrate or commemorate key national events or major achievements. The company receives over 2,000 suggestions each year and must reduce this number to around 12-14 special stamp set issues under any respective annual programme. Given the high demand it is inevitable that not all suggestions can be taken up.

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