HC Deb 08 October 1946 vol 427 c33
65. Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will abandon the practice of refunding Postwar Credits to old people in the form of non-negotiable cheques.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

No, Sir, but if my hon. Friend will send me particulars of any case which he has in mind in which inconvenience has been caused by this method of payment, I shall be pleased to look into it.

Mr. Allighan

Whilst I will do that, will not the Financial Secretary admit the desirability of issuing these Postwar Credits in a negotiable form, such as money orders?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The trouble is that when they are made negotiable in the sense suggested by my hon. Friend it opens the door to fraud. We desire to make these payments, so far as the Revenue is concerned, as secure as possible. This is a practice which has been in existence for many years and about which there have been few complaints.

Mr. Sydney Silverman

Does not my hon. Friend realise that a great many of the people concerned with these particular repayments are very poor people indeed who have no banking facilities, and that, therefore, it follows, that in every such case there must be hardship?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

A note is sent with every cheque indicating to each recipient just how he or she can get it cashed and, as I have said, we have had very few complaints.