Cold Weather Payments (Wind Chill Factor) Bill

Part of Petition – in the House of Commons at 1:36 pm on 17th January 1997.

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Photo of Mr John Gunnell Mr John Gunnell , Leeds South and Morley 1:36 pm, 17th January 1997

Does my hon. Friend agree that the prime culprit in the previous debate, which was extremely lengthy, was the Minister, whose response took a very long time? Does not that make it absolutely clear that it is Government policy to stop her Bill? Is not it also clear that, as well as the crisis in the health service, the winter crisis in the health service is directly affected because elderly people are suffering from the cold wind and the effect of it on their bills, which causes them not to use the heating that they have? Is not it clear that the Government have put their face against this Bill?