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Papal Visit

Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the letter from the co-ordinator of

Number of non-pensioner and pensioner claimants at offices dealing with the Wolverhampton, North-East constituency.
Supplementary benefits Office16 March 198217 March 198118 March 198020 March 1979
Wolverhampton, South
Wolverhampton, North
Contributory Benefits Office
Non-pensionersClosed 19808912.166
Wolverhampton, South
Wolverhampton, North
Pensioners952869Opened 1980Opened 1980

CO-ORD, which encourages planned action against the visit of the Pope, which was sent out from the same premises as the Family Planning Information Service, the Health Education Council and the Family Planning Association, he will withdraw funding from these organisations.

No. CO-ORD appears to be using the offices of the Birth Control Trust, which in turn appears merely to be a sub-tenant of the FPA at these premises. The FPIS has offices at the same address but the Health Education Council does not. This very indirect sharing of premises is hardly grounds for withdrawing funds from the two family planning bodies. We would take steps to prevent any use of public funds to finance any action against the visit of the Pope. I understand that CO-ORD, which receives no direct public funds, would deny that that is the purpose of its letter, but that is a matter for it.