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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 14th June 1988.

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Photo of Harry Cohen Harry Cohen , Leyton 6:15 pm, 14th June 1988

My point of order arises out of Question Time. I wanted to raise my point of order immediately after I had asked my question. I went to see you, Mr. Speaker, and you said that I could not raise it at 3.30 pm, but had to wait until after all the statements.

My question, No. 15, was directed to the Secretary of State for Social Services. It was linked with Question 1, so I was called early. It was: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the special unit dealing with transitional protection in respect of housing benefits to be in full operation. My supplementary question to the Secretary of State raised the plight of a number of my constituents, individuals and families, who are up to '£26 worse off under the changes and have been caused acute hardship by them. I followed up that information with key aspects——