asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the new fuel allowance for the elderly planned by him on 27 March will be paid.
On 27 March my right hon. Friend announced increases in the rates of supplementary benefit heating addition, the extension of the basic rate of heating addition automatically to supplementary pensioner householders aged over 70, and other changes to help poor fuel consumers. These benefit changes will take effect from 24 November 1980.—[Vol. 981, c. 1662–63.]