HC Deb 23 July 1913 vol 55 cc2055-6W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that it is possible under Post Office Regulations for the payer of a money order to defer payment for a prescribed period and, further, within such period to stop payment and to claim the return of the money, and that such practice has led to several instanecs of fraud; and whether he will consider the advisability of amending the Regulations?


Any remitter of an inland money order may defer its payment for any period not exceeding ten clays, and is entitled to have the amount of the order repaid to him if payment has been stopped at his request within the deferred period. If the remitter has deferred payment this is notified on the face of the order, together with the period of deferment. I am not aware of any case in which, where a money order has been put to the purpose for which alone it is intended, namely, the remittance of money by post from one person to another, this regulation has facilitated fraud, but if the hon. Member will furnish me with particulars of any such case, I shall be happy to consider it.