The Assistance Board inform my right hon. Friend that since my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer made his announcement on 16th July last, grants for clothing and bedding have been made in some 337,000 cases, at a total cost, including blankets (which were issued in kind), of some £1,120,000. The average cash grant is about £3 but this includes grants running up to £10 or £15 or more. The House will no doubt be glad to know that the work has been carried out with courtesy and tact and that the pensioners concerned have warmly welcomed the steps taken on their behalf.