§ Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to make compensatory payments to those entitled in respect of value added tax on fuel bills for the period 1 April to 11 April which is not covered by the existing scheme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Burt
None. The extra help is included in the 1994–95 benefit rates which become effective from the week commencing with the first Monday in the tax year in compliance with the statutory obligation imposed by section 150 of the Social Security Administration Act. In the case of the vast majority of claims, it will be available to recipients before their fuel bills become payable.