§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from Manchester city council concerning the difficulties of people who have received offers of unfurnished accommodation from the council and, because of unemployment, have to apply to his Department for a grant for furniture; what reply he is sending; if there is any action he will be taking; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Boyson
My right hon. Friend has recently received a letter from the leader of Manchester city council on the subject of supplementary benefit furniture grants for people living in the Manchester area, to which a reply will be sent shortly. Our current policy is set out in my replies to the hon. Members for Bishop Auckland (Mr. Foster) on 8 May—[Vol. 59, c.374]—and for Islington South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on 4 July— [Vol. 63, c. 205]—respectively.