Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Direct Fuel Deduction Arrangements on 10th June 1986.
Mr. Irving Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the impact of his proposals to discontinue direct fuel deduction arrangements on the number of fuel supplies disconnected.
Mr. Major There are no such proposals.
Mr. Irving Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people during 1985 made use of direct fuel deduction arrangements.
Mr. Major The latest available, provisional, information from the December 1984 annual statistical inquiry is as follows:
Fuel direct deductions in December 1984
Fuel Type | Number of arrangements
Electricity | 150,000
Gas | 111,000
Other | 4,000
Note: Some claimants have direct payment arrangements in respect of more than one type of fuel so the number of households affected will he less than the total number of arrangements.