§ Dame Irene Ward
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many 42W 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.]