HC Deb 29 June 1899 vol 73 c1000

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, having regard to the fact that depositors in the Post Office Savings Bank, three-fourths of whom are said to consist of the working classes, spent during the year 1898 nearly £10,000 in telegraphing to the head office in order to secure speedy payment of withdrawals rather than await correspondence by post, will he consider the expediency of enabling the Postmaster-General to issue to depositors in the Savings Bank, at a charge of 1s., commission books containing eight withdrawal orders, under which fixed sums of 10s., 15s., £1, or £2 may be withdrawn by the depositor on demand at any savings bank post-office in the kingdom on production of the deposit book and the usual evidence of identity.


I believe that this question has been answered four or five times. I have nothing to add to the answers given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and others on the subject. I think if the hon. Member will refer to the replies given on February 21, 1896, April 6, 1897, May 4, 1897, and May 24, 1898, he will find full material.


Yes, but matters have materially changed since that date, and the working classes have to pay a much larger sum now for telegraphic withdrawals.