§ Mr. McCusker
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specific action with regard to Northern Ireland he intends to take to ensure that the £5 cash grant to all supplementary benefit and family income supplement recipients is used to pay energy accounts.
§ Mr. Concannon
The £5 cash element of the scheme to help Northern Ireland recipients of supplementary benefit and family income supplement with their fuel bills this winter is awarded on the same terms and conditions as for beneficiaries in the rest of the United Kingdom. No special action on my part is, therefore, needed in Northern Ireland.