HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 c886W
Mr. Wray

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether Her Majesty's Government will support Danish and other European Community Government proposals for mandatory aid to retirement pensioners and other needy social groups during severe weather conditions.

Mr. Portillo

The Government already provide help when it is very cold through the supplementary benefit exceptionally cold weather scheme. Last winter, we estimate that over 950,000 people received help, at a benefit cost of £10.2 million. Any proposals from the European Community would be considered on their merits.