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Funeral Expenses

Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will describe the rules governing the awards of supplementary benefit to cover funeral expenses; and if he is satisfied that the system is operating satisfactorily.

The rules to which the hon. Member refers are set out by the Supplementary Benefits Commission in paragraphs 105 to 107 of its handbook—fifth edition, 1977. I have no reason to believe that the commission's arrangements are not satisfactory.