HC Deb 19 March 1951 vol 485 c2075
3. Sir Hugh Lucas-Tooth

asked the Minister of National Insurance what use is made of postcard, Form FAM 7, required to be completed for renewal of a family allowance order book.

Dr. Summerskill

Primarily to obtain from the claimant a declaration regarding the facts on which title to an allowance rests.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

Will the right hon. Lady discontinue the use of the postcards, which cause a great deal of trouble and use a lot of paper?

Dr. Summerskill

It is of no use to do that. A check is applied to these application cards. Occasionally, I agree—and I know that the hon. Gentleman is thinking of a particular case—a card is missed, perhaps; but I think he will agree that it is better to miss a card in that way than to inconvenience mothers by withholding allowances.