§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services in which areas on Merseyside claimants are not receiving girocheques from his Department as a result of the postal dispute; and what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure claimants receive their benefits on time.
§ Mr. Portillo
I understand that Post Office staff stopped work for only a short period of time and returned at 10 pm on 4 November. Normal delivery services have resumed and disruption to the payment of benefit was minimal.