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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 28th June 2000.

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Photo of Dr Alan Williams Dr Alan Williams Labour, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 3:30 pm, 28th June 2000

I welcome the my right hon. Friend's statement, particularly the proposals for a universal bank for sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses to carry out a Government general practitioner role. In that context, could they also have a role as welfare benefits advisers? Sub-postmasters are in touch with the poorer sections of the community. With regard to the elderly, sub-postmasters probably know more about care allowance, attendance allowance and the minimum income guarantee than, say, Thora Hird, and such a step could be very cost-effective. Could post office employees be paid to alert the Department of Social Security to benefit fraud?