asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what obligation there is for his Department to inform the Social Security Advisory Committee of any intention to change the regulations regarding the fuel-direct scheme; what the procedure is; and what changes his Department is considering to the fuel-direct scheme.
I refer the right hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Woolwich, West (Mr. Bottomley) on 7 April.—[Vol. 21, c. 398·99.] The requirements for consultation with the Social Security Advisory Committee about changes in social security regulations are set out in section 10 of the Social Security Act 1980.