§ Mr. Lyell
Last year we had 33 letters on the subject.
Early in the year my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State received representations from the right hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Mr. Foot) about this issue. More recently, my hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security received three deputations, led by the right hon. Member for Ashton under Lyne (Mr. Sheldon), my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, West (Mr. Durant) and the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) involving other hon. Members and representatives from councillors' organisations. We are considering the points they made.