Operational matters, which include decisions about Royal Mail's commemorative stamps and postmarks, are the direct responsibility of the company's management.
Royal Mail does have a well-established process for choosing its stamp themes and subjects to capture the anniversaries of historical events of national importance. The company's researchers examine all major anniversaries over a five-year period and will consider all ideas proposed by members of the public and organisations.
Royal Mail is currently in the process of finalising the subjects for their 2014 programme and will be making an announcement of these in 2013. The company is very conscious of the significance and importance of the centenary of the first world war and this is being taken into full consideration as their plans for their 2014 programme are finalised.