Severe Weather Payments

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 7:29 pm on 14th January 1987.

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Photo of Dr Norman Godman Dr Norman Godman , Greenock and Port Glasgow 7:29 pm, 14th January 1987

Elderly people know how to keep warm. They are not less intelligent than we are, but they lack the means to keep warm. There were 84,000 severe weather payments to applicants in Scotland during the exceptionally cold weather in February last year. I suspect that perhaps three times that number wanted that payment but did not receive it. The hon. Member should not lecture elderly people. They are as intelligent as any hon. Member.