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J P Hilton's book Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank (published 1927) makes reference to National Savings as follows:

Pressure was brought to bear upon the Bank to sell national savings certificates at the various offices of the Bank, and in December, 1920, arrangements were made for these certificates to be available for any person desiring to purchase same. Little business, however, was done in this direction. The majority of depositors in the Bank are not those who can afford to purchase certificates in the hope of retaining them intact until maturity date, and to save by this method, merely to cash them when wanting money, has no particular attraction. The opportunities provided by the Post Office in Birmingham for purchasing these certificates, are, in themselves, sufficient, and as the sales over our Bank counters were so small the practice of dealing with them has been abandoned.
 
(The Bank's records show that sales of National Savings Certificates were 17,762 in 1921/22 and 3,205 in 1922/23. The total of 20,967 is included in the total sales figure for the NSC column below.)
 
The Bank's position, however, was to change following the outbreak of war in September 1939. The 1940 Annual Report stated:

On the inauguration of the War Savings Campaign the Bank at once arranged for the sale of Savings Certificates and Defence Bonds at all offices. Up to the end of March the sales of Certificates through the Bank amounted to 308,361, and Defence Bonds to 57,950.
 
The following statistics relate to the sales of these two forms of National Savings:
    NSC =    National Savings Certificates
    Bonds = Defence Bonds and War Bonds (1940 to 1965);
                    National Development Bonds (1965 to 1968);
                    British Savings Bonds (1969 to 1977)
 
    Premium Savings Bonds (PSB) were introduced on November 1st 1956, and purchases through the Bank were as detailed below.
 
NSC
()
NSC
(No.)
Bonds
()
Bonds
(No.)
PSB
()
PSB
(No.)
 1922
17,762
n/a
-
-
-
-
 1923
3,205
n/a
-
-
-
-
 1940
308,361
n/a
57,950
n/a
-
-
 1941
896,527
n/a
249,350
n/a
-
-
 1942
981,068
198,978
156,775
1,783
-
-
 1943
963,659
n/a
119,100
n/a
-
-
 1944
1,028,967
n/a
112,570
n/a
-
-
 1945
831,593
n/a
108,830
n/a
-
-
 1946
619,105
94,958
205,050
830
-
-
 1947
741,536
77,190
395,780
818
-
-
 1948
785,359
57,083
24,620
109
-
-
 1949
524,480
52,050
23,440
110
-
-
 1950
503,881
56,494
14,840
50
-
-
 1951
747,783
57,358
21,980
56
-
-
 1952
1,140,661
68,866
64,345
150
-
-
1953
881,836
66,298
151,920
419
-
-
1954
868,843
68,356
93,525
305
-
-
1955
1,030,088
72,215
125,055
332
-
-
1956
1,090,691
84,550
173,555
457
-
-
1957
1,982,315
111,752
320,895
788
158,589
6,356
1958
1,093,699
88,654
145,290
466
291,072
13,953
1959
1,520,581
99,774
450,855
1,022
226,013
13,162
1960
1,070,574
94,015
425,360
1,179
161,405
9,362
1961
1,093,346
92,335
338,840
930
210,384
8,194
1962
832,901
95,320
270,565
819
185,228
7,377
1963
883,375
58,929
286,910
840
180,605
6,484
1964
766,929
43,981
193,340
616
190,788
6,950
1965
909,381
43,014
571,955
1,445
237,195
7,750
1966
490,345
32,249
345,025
1,185
222,663
7,764
1967
1,799,564
46,375
238,530
787
211,416
8,232
1968
1,202,736
28,647
120,650
502
239,915
8,807
1969
928,773
24,681
120,645
392
284,691
10,662
1970
801,247
18,625
147,971
416
237,877
8,332
1971
888,734
18,331
69,390
262
227,696
8,972
1972
1,614,293
25,916
106,200
256
297,421
8,413
1973
956,895
17,580
76,115
260
229,688
6,045
1974
654,038
12,850
193,335
310
207,877
5,692
1975
895,959
11,581
77,830
143
211,591
5,155
1976
1,825,186
14,574
112,570
218
242,460
4,960
1976 * 
926,690
7,522
111,795
104
147,049
2,228
1977
3,775,263
19,641
46,405
67
211,751
2,966
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
40,878,229
1,960,742
6,869,156
18,426
4,813,374
167,816
NOTES:
      * 1976 = April 1st to November 20th;
      n/a = not available
      No data reported by Bank for 1978 and 1979
 
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