§ 2.45 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is true, as alleged, that the Post Office has refused to have National Assistance application forms on display on Post Office counters, to be taken without question or inquiry by anyone interested; and, if the allegation is correct, what is the reason.]
§ THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF HEALTH (LORD NEWTON)
No, my Lords. The Post Office will be glad to make these forms freely available on the public side of the counter at all Crown post offices, and the necessary arrangements are being made in collaboration with the National Assistance Board. At sub-post offices, accommodation on the public side of the counter is often somewhat restricted. Nevertheless, the possibility of making the forms similarly available at such offices is being looked into. Meanwhile, the forms should be available at any post office for issue over the counter without question.
§ LORD CROOK
My Lords, in thanking the noble Lord for that reply, may I say that many medical men and welfare officers will be delighted to have this information?
§ BARONESS SUMMERSKILL
My Lords, as it was always the policy of the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance to ensure that those entitled to National Assistance obtained it, could I 122 suggest that if the room in sub-post offices is limited, a notice should be put on the wall stating that these forms are available to anyone who asks for them?
§ LORD NEWTON
My Lords, I will certainly ask my right honourable friend the Postmaster-General to consider that suggestion.
My Lords, is my noble friend aware that in my sub-post office there is no room either on the walls or on the counter?