Decision Maker Response

Royal Mail’s response

Aug 3, 2015 — It is great to see so many people taking an interest in our Special Stamp programme.

One of the purposes of Royal Mail stamps is to honour those who have made important contributions to the UK, and every year we consider hundreds of subjects for inclusion. It is clear that Sir Nicholas Winton is a worthy candidate.

Much of our stamp programme is agreed more than two years in advance and there is a fairly lengthy process for approving who (or what) we celebrate. Royal Mail collates all the subjects and then carries out careful and extensive research to arrive at the final list of stamp subjects. The proposals have to pass through several committees before we arrive at the final list. And finally, all stamps must be approved by Her Majesty the Queen.

It is clear that there is a strong desire to see Sir Nicholas Winton honoured on a stamp. Given the time frames we work to, it is unlikely he would feature on a stamp in 2016, but do be assured that his name will be put forward for consideration in a stamp issue beyond then.