HC Deb 22 February 1978 vol 944 cc726-7W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in the light of the comments of Dr. Niranjan Singh Mangat, leader of the Granth Sikhs in Great Britain, if he will institute an inquiry into how immigrants can claim social security benefits to pay for holiday fares to their country of origin.

Mr. Orme

A claimant is not entitled to supplementary benefit while he or she is outside Great Britain. The nature of the check made on continuing residence varies with the circumstances of the case. As I said in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, North-west (Mr. Lewis) on 13th February, I will be glad to consider any evidence that the system is being exploited.—[Vol. 944, c.16.]