Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Mr. Kevin McHugh on 14th February 1986.
Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make the ex gratia payment requested on behalf of Mr. Kevin McHugh, of 39 Harland Road, Tranmere, Birkenhead, on the ground that the local office, although aware of his children's enemesis, had failed to consider or arrange for extra help with laundry costs and so on, which request was made in January 1984 and referred to his headquarters in December 1984.
Mr. Major Mr. McHugh has received substantial arrears of supplementary benefit for additional requirements in respect of his children. The arrears were limited by the independent adjudication authorities to 52 weeks before the date of request for a review in accordance with the law. This is in line with the provisions for national insurance benefits. The relevant law was then regulation 4 of the Supplementary Benefit (Determination of Questions) Regulations 1980 and is now regulation 87 of the Social Security (Adjudication) Regulations 1984.
I regret that the referral of Mr. McHugh's subsequent request for an ex-