§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of persons subject to the four-week rule is orally informed that the rule is being applied; what proportion is informed by letter or other means; and in each case how long notice is given before benefit is cut off.
§ Mr. Dean
At present, instructions provide for all persons given limited awards to be informed of the fact orally, and in writing on the notice of their award. A new procedure has been devised which will shortly add a memorandum to the oral advice. A four weeks' allowance implies that benefit may be withheld at the end of that period.