Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Means Tested Benefits on 23rd July 1986.
Mr. Knox Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all the benefits in cash or in kind for which his Department is wholly or partly responsible which are means-tested.
Mr. Major Supplementary benefit and family income supplement are the principal income-related benefits administered by the Department of Health and Social Security. Receipt can also give passported entitlement to other benefits such as free school meals. The Department also administers low-income schemes which provide help with National Health Service charges, travelling expenses and welfare foods, and has policy responsibility for housing benefit, which is administered by local authorities.