Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Applications and Appeals (Ayr) on 16th December 1985.
Mr. Foulkes Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current average time taken between refusal of an application by an officer and an appeal against that refusal being heard by a tribunal in the area covered by the Ayr Office; and how this compares with the Scottish and United Kingdom averages, respectively.
Mr. Major The information available relates to the period between the lodging of an appeal against a decision by an adjudication officer and the hearing of that appeal by a social security appeal tribunal.
The most recent information relates to the last quarter of 1984. At that time the average time for the hearing of appeals relating to all social security benefits was 11.8 weeks in Scotland and 13.9 weeks in Great Britain. Equivalent figures are not available for the United Kingdom or for localities smaller than a Region.