HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 cc1452-3
53. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Postmaster-General whether he now proposes to remove the words Strict Secrecy Observed from the first page of future issues of Post Office Savings Bank books; and to amend existing books accordingly.

Mr. Ness Edwards

No, Sir.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that as the result of Section 24 of this year's Finance Act this state of affairs is no longer accurate? Is it not a somewhat serious matter to ask for subscriptions from the public under conditions which are no longer applicable?

Mr. Ness Edwards

I understand that it is now Section 27 which is concerned. If these words were removed there might be room for unauthorised disclosures. I think the public is well aware as a result of the words now used that no unauthorised disclosures will take place.

Mr. H. Hynd

Will my right hon. Friend resist the persistent pressure from the Opposition to protect tax dodging?

Mr. R. V. Grimston

Would it not be better to alter the words to "No unauthorised disclosures will take place"?

Mr. Ness Edwards

It would mean reprinting all the books. I will certainly consider the suggestion when a reprint is due.