Social Security Reform

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th June 1985.

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Photo of Dr Oonagh McDonald Dr Oonagh McDonald , Thurrock 12:00 am, 18th June 1985

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received about the Green Paper "Reform of Social Security".

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

I refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend gave earlier this afternoon to my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Mr. Thompson).

Photo of Dr Oonagh McDonald Dr Oonagh McDonald , Thurrock

Will the Minister give an absolute assurance that the removal of free school meals as part of the family income supplement package, to be replaced by the family credit scheme, will not cause suffering to any poor families?

Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree

I can give the hon. Lady the assurance that, in setting the family credit rates, we shall take into account current expenditure on free school meals, and that the 30 per cent. of beneficiaries who currently do not claim free school meals will be assisted as a result.