HC Deb 10 May 1977 vol 931 c446W
60. Mr Sproat

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether it is required that visiting officers of his Department give 24 hours' notice to a claimant of intention to visit a social security claimant at home; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Orme

Supplementary benefit claimants are usually informed by post of a proposed visit to avoid wasting the visiting officer's time and travelling expenses, but unannounced visits are sometimes made where this is considered appropriate.