§ Mr. Steen
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will arrange for £269.80, due to Mr. and Mrs. Bowell of 23B La Vallesa, Shangrila, Calpe Alicante, Spain, formerly of 80 Blatchcombe road, Paignton, to be sent to them immediately through his Department's overseas branch; and why there has been a five month delay in paying their retirement pension.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The Department had not been aware of any problems with Mr. and Mrs. Bowell's pensions. However, checks now show that two payments totalling £334.46 which the Department issued to Mr. Bowell's bank were not received there. The original payments have534W now been stopped and, assuming that they prove not to have already been paid, replacements will be issued urgently.