HL Deb 05 March 1990 vol 516 c1044WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the measures to take students out of the social security system (H.C. Deb, 1st February 1990, col. 348) are to be introduced by regulation rather than being incorporated in the Social Security Bill at present before Parliament.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Henley)

The 1975 and 1986 Social Security Acts confer the power to make regulations relating to entitlement to the social security benefits affected by our proposals for students. Where Acts of Parliament, approved by both Houses, have clearly conferred powers to make regulations, it is right that these powers should be used. It is, therefore, unnecessary to provide for the withdrawal of entitlement to income support, unemployment benefit and housing benefit from the majority of full-time students in the current Social Security Bill.