§ Mr. Walters
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will reconsider the position of vaccine damaged children who reach the age of 16 years to enable 347W their parents to keep and invest the £10,000 payment and still be eligible for supplementary benefit and the free services associated with that benefit.
§ Mrs. Chalker
We are reviewing the operation of the general arrangements for the treatment of capital under the revised supplementary benefit schemes, including that of vaccine damage payments. I take note of my hon. Friend's suggestion, but I can give no commitment as to the outcome of the review or as to any preferential treatment for particular forms of capital.