§ Mr. Haynes
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider increasing the midday meal 240W allowance for people in probation hostels from 56 pence to 125 pence in order to match the sum paid to recipients of social security.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Residents of probation hostels in receipt of supplementary benefit are now entitled to 125 pence to purchase a midday meal when one is not provided or cannot be taken in the hostel. We are arranging for the payment for board and lodging which is required from residents in low paid work to be adjusted to ensure that they retain enough of their wages to be able to spend 125 pence on a midday meal.