§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total amount paid out by his Department for (a) heating allowances, (b) laundry allowances and (c) special diet allowances in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
§ Mr. Newton
The information available is the yearly amount based on November 1983 rates and the number of claimants in receipt of the additions at December 1983, as follows:
Amount £ million a. Heating 416 b. Laundry 10 c. Special diet 56
It is regretted that similar information is not available for 1984 and 1985.