asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a number of post offices have not got forms for applicants for supplementary old age pensions and will he see they are provided; and what is the position if the application for supplementary pension is delayed on account of forms not being provided to get them lodged in time for the first weekly payment?
A general distribution of the forms was made last month, and when it was found that forms were nevertheless not available at some post offices, a general reminder was issued to all post offices that they must stock the forms. It is hoped that by now all offices have adequate stocks. If, however, any applicant is unable to obtain a form at a post office, he should write to the Assistance Board's Office, and ask for one. Provided that he makes an application within a reasonable time thereafter, the Board will be prepared to regard the application as having been made on the day the letter was received.