HC Deb 14 October 1991 vol 196 c53W
Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what has been the estimated saving to the Exchequer each year from (i) the abolition of the eating-out allowance in the boarders' premium and (ii) the imposition of amenity charges; and in each case how many persons or families are estimated to be affected.

Miss Widdecombe

A reliable estimate is not possible from the data available; the number of boarders who might have claimed income support since 1989 under the previous rules cannot be determined with any certainty.