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Social Fund (Hospital Visit Grants)

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many applications have been made by parents for social fund grants towards the cost of visiting children in hospital to each social fund office in Wales in the latest year for which information is available; how many grants and loans were made; and what was the average level of grants and loans.

I understand from Mr. Michael Bichard, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency, that the information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.