§ 36. Mr. Hale
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement showing the estimated cost of fuel and light, food, clothing, and incidental expenses involved in arriving at the National Assistance 123W Board's computation of £3 3s. 6d. a week as the basic necessary income for a single householder living alone.
§ Mr. Wood
No. The National Assistance Board is responsible for recommending the amounts to be provided in the scale rates for the national assistance requirements of different categories of people. The Board has never published detailed breakdowns of the way in which assistance payments can or should be spent.