§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many staff need to be trained or retrained before the recommendations of the Supplementary Benefits Commission on the position of a claimant living together as husband and wife with another person can be put into effect; how many staff have so far received such training or retraining; and how long the process will take.
§ Mr. Deakins
It will be necessary to train or retrain about 1,000 staff before these recommendations can be implemented. The process is expected to take about six weeks in all but cannot begin until the manpower resources needed to do the extra work are available.