HC Deb 19 February 1982 vol 18 cc246-7W
Mr. Harold Walker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the numbers of unemployed persons under the age of 21 years who will have to terminate their part-time studies following the recent instruction to local offices of his Department to cease payment of supplementary benefit if meal breaks and private study time brings the hours of study to over 21.

Mr. Rossi

I refer the right hon. Member to my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr Beith) on 17 February 1982.—[Vol. 18, c.160].

Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if clerks working in unemployment benefit offices have been instructed not to hand out B1 forms and only to give them to unemployed claimants who ask for the form.

Mr. Rossi

Instructions to staff in unemployment benefit offices provide that any claimant not in receipt of supplementary allowance who wishes to claim that benefit is to be issued with form B1. In addition all claimants are now given leaflet SB1.