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Social Security Provisions

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will arrange for British citizens or overseas nationals settled in the United Kingdom, who are dependent on benefit, to be able to apply for help towards their expenses to travel to Pakistan for urgent family reasons, arising from the recent explosion disaster in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

It would be inappropriate to make provision in this way since the social security system is not, and was not previously, designed for this purpose.