asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has received the communication dated 13 February from the hon. Member for Newham, North-West enclosing a communication from Mr. G. W. C. of Bigger-staff Road, London E.15 showing neglect and maladministration upon the part of his Newcastle office concerning payments of pension due since May 1979; and what action he has taken or proposes to take to resolve the matter.
My right hon. Friend has received the hon. Member's letter. The matter is being investigated urgently and I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as the inquiries are complete.