HC Deb 22 November 1949 vol 470 cc179-80
19. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he will now issue a comprehensive booklet explaining the provision for entitlements to pensions, benefits, etc., and the procedure for application required by the various National Insurance, National Assistance and National Health Service Acts and by the relevant regulations made thereunder.

The Minister of National Insurance (Mr. James Griffiths)

Any publication about the Health Service would be a matter for my right hon. Friends. As regards the Acts administered by my Department, I would like to issue comprehensive booklets in due course, but I do not think that I should be justified in doing so in present circumstances.

Mr. Davies

Can my right hon. Friend give the House any idea of when he is likely to issue this comprehensive booklet which would be so valuable to Members and others who have to refer to a very large number of leaflets of all sorts and sizes at the present moment?

Mr. Griffiths

I appreciate that, but the production of a booklet would require quite a large staff, and I think that I shall have to wait until the organisation and administration are running more smoothly before that is done.

Mr. Symonds

In the meantime, will my right hon. Friend issue leaflets all of the same size so that they can be kept together reasonably well?.

Mr. Griffiths

Yes, that is being done now.