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Thursday, 10 March 1966

Mr HULME - Under the postal regulations it is not possible for the Post Office to sell stamps other than for the face value. Philatelists were informed over the last few months that they would have to make purchases of the old £.s.d. stamps prior to 12th February last. If, in fact, they have not done so, it may be that they will be denied access to these older stamps. I inform the House that it was necessary, as at 12th February, to cancel the issue of old stamps, but it was decided, nevertheless, that the public should be able to use the old £.s.d. stamps for a period of two years subsequent to 14th February last. For the following three years, that is, from the beginning of the third year to the end of the fifth year, it will be possible for members of the public who still hold stocks of these older stamps either to have them converted at equal value to decimal stamps or to have cash paid for them in multiples of 6d. on surrendering them to the Post Office. There is no other arrangement at this moment in relation to the use of stocks of £.s.d. stamps which may have been held at 12th February.

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