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Oral Answers to Questions — War Savings Certificates (Army Post Offices)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North 12:00 am, 7th March 1945

asked the Postmaster-General if he will make arrangements for war savings certificates to be on sale at Army post offices overseas.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

An experiment is now being made to see whether the administrative difficulties in selling national savings certificates at Army post offices overseas can be overcome. Meanwhile, national savings certificates can be obtained by soldiers overseas through the unit group savings scheme, or may be purchased through their credit pay balances by completing a Post Office Savings Bank remittance form.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman keep in mind the fact that it might be useful, particularly on the Italian front, if more facilities were given for soldiers to purchase war savings certificates when they want to send gifts to their relatives at home, as this would save them having to spend their money on rubbishy articles at exorbitant prices?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

That is why the experiment is being made. My hon. Friend will realise that Army field post offices are not places where it is easy to keep a lot of valuable things, like war savings certificates.