HC Deb 16 November 1959 vol 613 cc777-8
13. Mr. Lipton

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many weekly assistance grants have been supplemented to provide for increases under the Rent Act; and what is the average amount of these supplements.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am informed by the National Assistance Board that information is not available beyond what has been published on pages 14 and 15 of the Board's Annual Report for 1958, which I presented to Parliament last June and to which I would refer the hon. Member.

Mr. Lipton

Would it be reasonable to assume that in at least one-third of the cases referred to this extra weekly rent supplement is in issue all the year round? Does not this mean that about £25,000 to £30,000 a week is being paid from National Assistance Board funds as a direct result of the Rent Act?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

If the hon. Gentleman studies the Board's Report, I do not think that he will possibly be able to come to that conclusion.