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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all the items for which benefit can be paid to a social security claimant by way of a loan, as opposed to a grant; and what are the 10 most frequent items for which such loans have been made in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

The Supplementary Benefits Commission does not make loans for items which would be provided by means of an exceptional needs payment.