§ Mr. David Steel
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will detail in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of supplementary benefit claimants, broken down between pensioners, unemployed, sick and disabled, and one-parent families who are receiving their benefit by way of weekly Giro instead of from an order book.123W
§ Sir K. Joseph
Weekly Giro payments are now made to the great majority of claimants whose supplementary benefit is paid through employment exchanges and to a small number of other supplementary benefit claimants whose circumstances, for a variety of reasons, change from week to week. I regret that the detailed information requested is not available.