§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services pursuant to his answer of 25 January,Official Report, column 89, what steps he has taken to ensure the availability of leaflet FB22 in all those local offices where claimants from the ethnic minorities affected use the services of the local office; and if he has any plans to produce the leaflet in addition in Greek and Turkish.
§ Mr. Portillo
Social security series FB22 is a group of six minority language leaflets giving the same general overview of benefits as the English-language leaflet FB2 "Which benefit?" There are plans to produce a new set of translations later this year in seven languages: Urdu, Hindi, Gujerati, Bengali, Punjabi, Chinese and Turkish. Translations into other languages, including Greek, are being considered.
All the FB22 series leaflets will be available from social security offices and copies will be sent out to local and national ethnic minority organisations, and to welfare and advice organisations. Posters advertising the leaflets will also be produced in minority languages. They will be displayed in social security offices and will be available to organisations that request them.