§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps he took to ensure that the Christmas bonus was paid to all those stated to be entitled to it in the notes issued with his press release dated 2 December 1988, including men of 60 to 64 years receiving income support with a pensioner premium.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The notes issued with the press release in question regrettably contained an error, for which the Department has since apologised. The Christmas bonus is not paid to men aged 60 to 64 who receive income support with a pensioner premium. The 1988 bonus has been paid to all those people entitled to receive it.