Point of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:14 pm on 4 September 2013.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian 1:14, 4 September 2013

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During today’s Prime Minister’s questions, in response to a question from my hon. Friend Gordon Banks about Government support for food banks, the Prime Minister said that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions had enabled Jobcentre Plus staff to make referrals to food banks. The Trussell Trust has informed me that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has actually stopped that happening now and has advised staff that they can no longer make referrals, and that this is causing chaos for hundreds of people in need. I have tabled a parliamentary question on this issue, which should have been answered yesterday—I am still waiting for an answer. Can you assist me by advising how we can ensure that those in this House, volunteers in food banks, Jobcentre Plus staff and, most importantly, those in need have the correct information?