§ MR. FIELD
To ask the Postmaster-General whether a list of unclaimed balances to the credit of depositors in the Post Office Savings Bank who have not forwarded their books for examination, or deposited or withdrawn money for a certain number of years, has ever been published; and, if not, whether, in view of the amount of Savings Bank money which, under the present system, can never be claimed, he will in future cause such list to be periodically published.
(Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) A list of the nature suggested has never been published. Its compilation would involve a very large amount of work and considerable expense. Its publication would be certain to give rise to a large number of erroneous and fictitious claims, and I am of opinion that it would not be found to be sufficiently useful to counterbalance these disadvantages.