Posters and Leaflets

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th August 1972.

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Photo of Mr Robert McCrindle Mr Robert McCrindle , Billericay 12:00 am, 8th August 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Social Security what arrangements his Department makes to the availability of his Department's posters and leaflets at main and sub-post offices.

Photo of Mr Paul Dean Mr Paul Dean , Somerset North

The Post Office undertakes to distribute leaflets and posters to all Crown and sub-post offices and to keep stocks available. The Department also pays for poster displays in Crown post offices.

Photo of Mr Robert McCrindle Mr Robert McCrindle , Billericay

Has my hon. Friend seen a recent survey which revealed that very often sub-post offices are better stocked than main post offices? Will he engage in duscussions with the Post Office authorities to see that not only are the main leaflets from his Department available but that wherever possible posters are on display, because visiting the post office is the only way in which many people can become aware of the benefits to which they may be entitled?

Photo of Mr Paul Dean Mr Paul Dean , Somerset North

The Post Office does a massive job of distribution and display for us—about 18 million leaflets a year. But I take my hon. Friend's point and I assure him that because of the weaknesses which exist in some areas we are discussing the situation with the Post Office in the hope of seeking an improvement.