HC Deb 12 December 1944 vol 406 cc1073-4W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Pensions if, as his Department is unable to make payment of grants in aid towards dental treatment direct to the dentist undertaking such treatment, he will make the grant directly to the persons assisted in the form of a Post Office draft or cheque drawn in favour of the dentist; and is he aware that grants in aid made by his Department under the present scheme have been misapplied by the persons assisted and the dentist has not received his fee.

Sir W. Womersley

If, in connection with an application for an emergency grant, I am asked to make payment direct to a third party I am willing to do so, but in other cases I do not consider that I can change the existing practice under which any payment, which may cover expenditure under various heads, is made to the serving member or his dependent.