§ 20. Mrs. Hayman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will extend the payment of the £10 Christmas bonus to families with children dependent on national insurance and supplementary benefits.
§ Mr. Orme
the Pensioners Payments Bill, which was before the House last week, provides for the payment of the bonus to large numbers of families with children—for example, where a member of the family is entitled to widow's benefit, invalidity pension and unemployability supplement. As I explained to the House during the Committee stage of the Bill on 17th November—[Vol. 939, c. 905–936.]—administration difficulties preclude an extension of the categories entitled to the bonus.
§ 63. Mr. Bowden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he intends to make payment of the Christmas bonus a regular annual event.