§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has to assess the effect on the number of 16 to 17-year-olds registered as homeless of his proposals to withdraw their benefit allocations.
§ Mr. Whitney
I assume the hon. Member is referring to our proposals to reform the arrangements for making board and lodging payments under the supplementary benefit scheme. It would be premature to make plans at this stage for monitoring the effects of implementing proposals on which the comments of the Social Security Advisory Committee and the Government's response have yet to be published.