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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he proposes to make contingency plans in the light of the industrial action by his Department which is delaying payment of supplementary benefit to a wide range of people, including those discharged from hospital with no means of support.

I am not aware of any wide-ranging delay in payments of supplementary benefit as a result of industrial action in my Department. I do not consider contingency plans to be necessary in present circumstances, but if the hon. Member has any special difficulty in mind I will certainly look into it.