Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Severe Weather Payments on 1st December 1986.
Mr. Blair Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list those areas in the north-
(2) if he will list those areas in Scotland which have experienced weekly average temperatures below -
Mr. Major Details of the areas in which exceptionally cold weather payments would have been made under the proposed new criteria last winter are contained in annex C to the report published by the Social Security Advisory Committee on these proposals (Cm. 18), and annex B to the Secretary of State's statement published with that report.
Payments actually made by the Department's local offices in the north-
Mr. Meacher Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the average annual expenditure over a five-
Mr. Major It is not sensible to make projections for the future since the crucial factor -