HC Deb 09 November 1976 vol 919 c122W
Mr. Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if Giro cheques in respect of social security benefits can be cashed at places other than post offices; if so, where; and what action is taken by his Department over Giro cheques exchanged for cash in public houses, hotels, or off-licence stores.

Mr. Orme

Yes. Although Giro cheques issued by my Department are cashable at post offices, they can be paid into a bank account. If the sum involved is large, the Department crosses the Giro cheque and advises the beneficiary that if he does not possess a bank account he may be able to find someone who knows him—for example, a friend or tradesman—who will give him cash in exchange for the cheque. My Department is not concerned with the way in which the beneficiary chooses to obtain his cash.