Winter Fuel Payment

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 2001.

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Photo of Robert Smith Robert Smith Liberal Democrat, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine 12:00 am, 30th January 2001

I offer my congratulations to the Secretary of State and my good wishes to her predecessor in his new role.

Does the Secretary of State realise that those pensioners are receiving a non-means-tested benefit? Can she explain to them why the Government think that personal care should not also be non-means-tested? She proudly referred to the £200. Can she explain to pensioners why the Government plan to cut that back to £150 next winter.