HC Deb 10 May 1951 vol 487 c258W
Mr. S. Marshall

asked the Minister of National Insurance what steps she is taking to reduce the period of seven weeks which has to elapse before the issue of a further draft, when a postal draft for sickness benefit fails to be delivered to the recipient owing to loss or theft, and during which period the beneficiary is without any subsistence money.

Dr. Summerskill

Arrangements already exist for speedy replacement of a missing draft where delay in payment of the benefit due for a particular week would cause hardship. Normally, however, a reasonable period of delay is necessary before replacement, as in many cases the drafts reported as lost are, in fact, cashed.