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Volume 951: debated on Friday 9 June 1978

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will arrange for the references to National Giro in Government Accounting (A/cs Gen. 18) to be expanded so that such services as in-payments into and transfers between National Giro accounts are included among the methods of making and receiving payments which may be used by Government Departments.

There are a number of references in the latest version of Government Accounting which make it clear that Government Departments are as free to use the services of National Giro for making or receiving payments as those offered by other recognised banks. If my hon. Friend has any particular point in mind, and will let me have details, I shall look into the matter.