§ 7. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
asked the Minister of National Insurance why and by what authority officers of his Department have rejected applications for registrations compulsorily made under the provisions of the National Health Service Act, 1947, by reason only of the fact that these applications indicate in their terms the compulsory nature of the application.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
I presume that the hon. Member refers to the form of application for the issue of a contribution card to be stamped under the National Insurance Act from 5th July, 1948. The information on this form is needed in order that a card may be issued and an individual account opened for the person under the serial number borne by the card. I understand that in a few instances applicants who altered the declaration on these forms were asked to complete fresh forms without such alterations. Instructions have now been given that the forms are not to be rejected for this reason.