Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits on 10th April 1987.
Mr. Meacher Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what groups within the 1979 family expenditure survey were used to calculate the average expenditure on food, referred to in clause 1736 of the “Guidelines for Supplementary Benefit Officers and Procedural Instructions – Supplementary Benefits” (S Manual) in the calculation of the extra costs of special diets.
Mr. Major I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) on 23 March at columns 77-78.
Mr. McCrindle Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he proposed to lay regulations for the 1988 housing benefit reforms.
Mr. Major I shall be writing to the local authority associations shortly.