§ The Countess of Mar
asked Her Majesty's Government:
To estimate the cost of the introduction of a mandatory, item-based start-up grant as part of the non-discretionary social fund for people setting up home.
§ The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish)
The requested estimate cannot be provided as some of the information necessary for its calculation is not available and the rest can be gathered only at disproportionate cost.