§ 78. Mr. Gammans
asked the Minister of Health why he has ruled that members of local authorities are not debarred by the form of declaration under the regulations from claiming subsistence allowance at the rate determined by the local authority should they think fit so to claim notwithstanding that they may not have actually expended the amount of the allowance claimed.
§ Mr. Bevan
I have given no ruling on this matter though, where asked, I have advised local authorities in the sense indicated in the Question. It is normal practice for subsistence allowances to be paid according to scales without required proof that the amount of the allowance has been spent. Any system which depended on proof would be impracticable since it would impose on local authorities the duty of checking payments for which receipts are not normally obtained and would be out of proportion to the relatively small payments involved.