§ 39. Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received concerning the use of his default powers under section 36 of the National Assistance Act 1948; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rossi
My right hon. Friend has received a number of applications for him to exercise his powers under section 36 and correspondence from, amongst others, some voluntary organisations about how such applications are dealt with. Many of the issues raised by these applications are not straightforward and this, too, has given rise to correspondence.