HC Deb 15 January 1913 vol 46 cc2084-5W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will call the attention of the Welsh Insurance Commissioners to the fears of workmen that the use of obliterating stamps of distinctive shapes or colours by different employers may defeat the intention of the National Insurance Act as to the neutral effect of insurance cards upon the leaving or seeking for employment; and whether he will insist on a uniform shape and colour in obliterating stamps?


I do not think there is any ground for the fears suggested in the question; but if a workman thinks that the method of cancellation adopted by his late employer may have some significance for other employers he can always obtain a new card on changing his employment. Uniformity in cancellation is impracticable, for even if uniform shape and colour were insisted on (and this would be a considerable hardship to employers and makers of cancelling stamps) the date could still be impressed on the stamps at various angles according to the meaning desired to be conveyed, and a uniform angle could scarcely be enforced.