HC Deb 12 January 1971 vol 809 cc41-2W
Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people are now in receipt of improved grants for extra heating announced on 26th November; and whether all those entitled to the new grants were able to receive them by 1st January.

Sir K. Joseph

The figures requested in the first part of the Question are not available; a special inquiry which might delay the issue of the improved rates would be needed to obtain them. But I would expect that entitlement will grow progressively week by week until, as I told my hon. Friend the Member for Reading (Dr. Vaughan) on 26th November, when I announced the improvement, conversion to the new rates is complete at the end of June, 1971.—[Vol. 807, c.210–11.]