HC Deb 27 October 1981 vol 10 c329W
Mr. Stan Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will revise the rule operated by his Department in respect of the re-issue of lost Giro payments only after seven weeks has expired in view of the considerable hardship this creates.

Mrs. Chalker:

The Department normally replaces a lost Girocheque only after a check that the original has not been cashed, a process which takes some weeks, but special procedures can apply in cases of financial hardship.