Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Social Security (Appeals) on 12th February 1986.
Mr. Harvey Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his practice regarding intervening when a statement of grounds in an appeal under section 93 of the Social Security Act is identical to the original statement of grounds in his Department’s decision, although new evidence has been presented at that appeal and although the statute requires that any opinion previously expressed is ignored.
Mr. Major An intervention by the Secretary of State may not be made in respect of the content of a statement of grounds issued pursuant to regulation 14 of the Social Security (Adjudication) Regulations 1984. I assume that my hon. Friend has a specific case in mind, and if the details are provided I will write to him.