§ Mr. Maginnis
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to what extent attending a lecture tour or conference abroad disqualifies an unemployed person from claiming income support.
§ Mr. Ancram
Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Social Security Agency under its chief executive, Mr. Alec Wylie. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.963W
Letter from A. Wylie to Mr. Ken Maginnis, dated 30 March 1994:
I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question on the extent to which attending a lecture tour or conference abroad disqualifies an unemployed person from claiming Income Support.
Unemployed people claiming Income Support, who are required to be available for employment, do not qualify for Income Support for periods of absences abroad.
I hope this explains the position to you.