HC Deb 14 January 1913 vol 46 cc1893-4W

asked the Postmaster- General whether he is aware that post offices in Scotland are frequently found without insurance stamps of some of the values; will he say who is responsible for this state of matters, is it the head office or the particular branch; and, if the latter, is there any method of censuring the head of the office, in view of the fact that the public suffer extra inconvenience in this way, the blame of which is put on the National Insurance Act?


Postmasters and sub-postmasters in charge of offices at which money order business it transacted are required to keep in stock health insurance stamps of thirteen denominations and unemployment insurance stamps of three denominations. At offices of the smallest class only those denominations which are in largest use are kept in stock, but any other denominations asked for can be obtained on a few days' notice. Notwithstanding the great demand in all parts of the country for insurance stamps of the numerous denominations issued, I have received very few complaints of difficulty in obtaining the stamps at post offices. If the hon. Member will inform me of any office at which such difficulty has been experienced, I will take steps to prevent its recurrence.