Postage Stamps: World War I

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ask Royal Mail to produce special (a) postage stamps and (b) franking to commemorate the centenary of the first world war between 2014 to 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

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.

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