asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what arrangements have been made for interested persons to receive or to view copies of numbered decisions by the social security commissioners, particularly in relation to supplementary benefit; to which journals and periodicals such numbered decisions are circulated; whether such decisions will be available to periodicals and journals offering to meet reasonable expenses thereby incurred; whether such decisions will be available to interested persons offering to meet such reasonable expenses; and whether he is satisfied with the arrangements currently existing.
Edited versions of numbered decisions of the social security commissioners in respect of all benefits are available for consultation at the Department's regional offices. Supplementary benefit numbered decisions are also circulated to senior chairmen of supplementary benefit appeal tribunals. Copies of edited numbered decisions are sent to the Press Association and the Journal of Social Welfare Law. I understand that the broad question of reporting decisions is under consideration by the chief commissioner.