HC Deb 21 November 1966 vol 736 cc933-4
42. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Minister of Social Security how much National Assistance was paid out in the Bathgate area in October, 1960, October, 1961, October, 1962, October, 1963, October, 1964, October, 1965, and October, 1966; or whether she will make an estimate of the percentage increase.

Mr. Pentland

I regret that it is not possible to say what is the total amount of assistance in payment at any particular time in any specific local area, nor, consequently, to provide an estimate of the percentage increase in payments over a period for such an area.

Mr. Dalyell

Would my hon. Friend at least convey appreciation to both the local officers of his Department in the Bathgate area for the work that they and their staffs have been doing in this very difficult period?

Mr. Pentland

I am much obliged to my hon. Friend. I will certainly do that.