HC Deb 07 December 1950 vol 482 c533
62. Mr. Profumo

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will link tobacco tokens by number or name to the pensioners to whom they are issued, so that they can be cancelled if lost and new ones issued.

Mr. J. Edwards

No, Sir. This proposal would complicate the scheme and would make difficulties for tobacconists and pensioners, and the extra cost in both money and manpower would be out of proportion to any advantages.

Mr. Profumo

I do not see why any extra cost whatever in manpower and money should be involved. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that what may appear to be of relatively little significance compared with the affairs of State is a matter of tremendous importance to a very hard pressed and harassed section of the community? Will he please urge his right hon. Friend to study this matter further?

Mr. Edwards

We have considered the matter very carefully and I assure the hon. Member that both manpower and money would be involved.

Mr. Joynson-Hicks

In view of the Minister's inability to assist these people at all in this way, would he not give instructions for more relaxation of the rule whereby coupons that are lost can be replaced?

Mr. Edwards

I will examine that suggestion.