§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many supplementary benefit recipients have received the additional £5 heating payment since 1 January; and how this compares with the situation under the 1978 scheme.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
Figures available to date show that 3,104,599 recipients of supplementary benefit and family income supplement have received the payment. This compares with a total of 3,243,288 such payments in 1978.