§ 5. Mr. Neubert
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the Supplementary Benefits Commission to have completed its review of the supplementary benefits system.
§ The Minister for Social Security (Mr. Stanley Orme)
I cannot yet say when the team of officials which my right hon. Friend established to carry out this review in close consultation with the Commission will complete its work. But we hope to receive early next year its first recommendations for discussion of possible options for the future, which we have undertaken to publish.
§ Mr. Neubert
Why must we wait until 1979 for the full implementation of the child benefit scheme? Why does not the Minister take the opportunity to complete the change next April?
§ Mr. Boscawen
Does the Minister recall those confident days when the Labour Party used to condemn any extension of means-tested benefits? How will he end means-tested benefits? What does he have to say about the fact that there are 1 million more people on means-tested benefit today than there were four years ago?
§ Mrs. Chalker
What response has the Minister felt able to give to Professor Donnison, who has committed himself to believing that the best way of getting rid of many of the problems of means-tested benefits is to phase in a full tax credit scheme?