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Supplementary Benefits (Review)

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the Supplementary Benefits Commission intends to publish its review of supplementary benefits; and if it will publish minority views of members of the Commission who may disagree with the official findings.

This is a departmental review, carried out in close consultation with the Supplementary Benefits Commis- sion, and I expect to receive a report early next year. I intend that any proposals for changes in the scheme should then be published, so that they can be widely studied and it will be open to the Commission to comment on them. I would also refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Bedfordshire, South (Mr. Madel) on 22nd November—[Vol. 939, c. 1295.]