HC Deb 17 December 1946 vol 431 cc351-2W
106. Mr. Teeling

asked the Minister of National Insurance why Mrs. E. G. Foster, 107, Montgomery Street, Hove, who sent in her form for family allowances for three children last July, has not yet received it; whether he is aware that she has, as a result, run herself into considerable debt; and if he will see that the payment of this, and similar cases, will be speeded up before Christmas.

Mr. J. Griffiths

I am making inquiries, and will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible. With regard to the last part of the Question, I can assure the hon. Member that every effort is being made to clear outstanding claims as quickly as possible.

108. Mr. Paget

asked the Minister of National Insurance if he is aware that in a number of cases in Northampton persons entitled to family allowances have not received them; and what steps he proposes to take to make these payments more promptly.

Mr. J. Griffiths

There must always be a number of claims to family allowances outstanding since new claims were, up to a recent date, being received at the rate of nearly 10,000 a week. Special efforts are being made to clear as quickly as possible claims which have been held up for any length of time on account of the necessity for detailed investigation.