§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what help is given out of public funds with rent and mortgage payments for steel strikers.
§ Mr. Prentice
The supplementary benefit requirements of a striker's dependants include the amount of the rent or mortgage interest payment if it is reasonable. Those not receiving supplementary benefit may be eligible for rent rebates. I regret that it is not possible to estimate the amount of such help given to steel strikers.