HC Deb 17 July 1912 vol 41 cc404-5W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that a wide-spread belief exists that a workman who applies as an individual for an insurance card, without having joined an approved society, becomes thereby obliged to be and remain a Post Office contributor; and whether he can give assurance that such belief is erroneous?


The issue of a card at a Post Office to an employed contributor does not constitute the recipient a deposit contributor. Exactly similar cards are issued by approved societies and from the Post Office, and the cards obtained from the Post Office can be paid in to any approved society. No employed contributor will become a deposit contributor until the middle of next October. The Postmaster-General has issued special instructions to Post Offices, and similar notices have been issued to the Press, and to the officers of Customs and Excise, on the matter, and I am glad of the opportunity of making also a public statement of the facts.