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Welfare Milk

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why his Department has notified members of the public that the large family milk scheme will end on 31 December, in advance of any announcement of the details of the changes foreshadowed in his reply to the question of the hon. Member for Thurrock (Dr. McDonald) Official Report, 12 November, c. 441.

I refer my hon. Friend to the announcement which my right hon. Friend made in the reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Mr. Garel-Jones) on 10 December—[Vol. 973, c. 441]. The notification referred to was attached to new milk token books issued to beneficiaries in large young families not needing help on income grounds, which since 15 November have contained tokens only for the period up to 31 December. Such beneficiaries will, of course, continue to get benefits to which they are entitled until the order is made and takes effect.