HC Deb 21 July 1915 vol 73 cc1495-6

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that, although instructions have been issued that subscriptions to the new War Loan can be made through the Post Office on behalf of children under seven years of age, and that, where an account in the Savings Bank had been opened, notice of withdrawal can be signed by a parent or friend on behalf of the child, such notices when presented have been returned with an intimation that the money deposited on behalf of minors is not repayable until they have attained the age of seven years; and whether he will take steps to ensure that the notice issued by the Comptroller of the Savings Bank is brought to the attention of Post Office officials generally?


The officials at local post offices have been instructed that notices of withdrawal marked specially for the War Loan on behalf of minors under seven years of age are to be complied with. Where the withdrawal is not for that purpose the ordinary rule applies. In the cases to which the hon. Member refers the object of the withdrawal has probably not been stated, and in such instances the notices would be returned.