§ MR. WEIR
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, if he will state for the year ending 31st December last the number of accounts in the Post Office Savings Bank with balances of less than £50, and the aggregate amount represented by these accounts; and will he state the number of accounts with balances of £50 and upwards with the amount which they represent.
(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain.) The Postmaster General regrets that the labour and expense of ascertaining in respect of last year the particulars desired by the hon. Member would not be warranted. He thinks, however, that the following figures for 1899 may, perhaps, serve the hon. Member's purpose:—Accounts with balances of £50 and less, 7,211,244, £42,502,887; Accounts with balances above £50, 805,436, £87,615,718.