Income Support and Child Benefit

Part of Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:56 pm on 14th March 1988.

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Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate 6:56 pm, 14th March 1988

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

This amendment to subsection (4J) ensures that there can be no misunderstanding about what "this section" means by specifying that the reference is to subsection (4A). It is a very minor drafting amendment which is made purely to ensure that there is no misunderstanding.

Subsection (4A) gives a power to the Secretary of State to direct that a young person may be entitled to income support if he considers that severe hardship would unavoidably result if benefit was not to be paid even though that young person would otherwise not be entitled. Subsection (4J) provides that the Secretary of State may, on revoking such a direction, certify whether there has been misrepresentation of a material fact or failure to disclose a material fact.