HC Deb 02 February 1953 vol 510 c166W
11. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of National Insurance in what circumstances a crossed banker's draft or other form of cheque which is not payable on demand after due inquiries by a Post Office, is issued in payment of pensions, allowances or compensation; and whether he will arrange that all such sums be payable through the Post Office in future and so avoid the embarrassment otherwise caused to recipients.

Mr. Turton

Crossed drafts will in future only be used for payment of pensions and benefit when the amount exceeds £10. Their use for certain smaller payments has recently been discontinued. Crossed drafts are issued for payment of substantial sums in order to minimise the danger of fraud. Recipients are informed that, if they wish, other arrangements for payment will be made.