§ 8. Mr. Archer
asked the Minister of Social Security whether she has now received the report of the National Insurance Advisory Committee into the advisability of conferring upon insurance officers a discretion to pay benefits which are not paid within six months from the date when they were receivable; and what action she is taking.
§ The Minister of Social Security (Mrs. Judith Hart)
No, Sir. The time limits on payment of benefits which are under review involve the consideration of a complex of inter-related problems.
The Committee will, of course, report to me as soon as they can, and I shall then consider what action is needed.
§ Mr. Archer
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the people concerned do not move in well-informed circles and that all the provision which she makes for them is completely frustrated at the moment, when they find out too late?
§ Mr. Worsley
Will the right hon. Lady seek to expedite this review? Is she aware, for instance, that real hardship is caused in the case of a widow who, because she was separated from her husband, did not know of his death?