To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 20 November 2007, about people whose assets place them on the margins of eligibility for state aid.
The hon. Member's letter was for my colleagues at the Department for Work and Pensions to respond to. I apologise that the transfer of the letter was delayed over the Christmas period, but it was completed on 15 January. The hon. Member will receive a response in due course.