Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Severe Weather Payments on 12th December 1986.
Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will update the table on page 4 of the proposals for regulations to provide a new scheme of supplementary benefit for exceptionally severe weather payments (CM 18) in the light of the decision by his Department to re-locate a number of weather stations.
Mr. Major Three changes have been made to the table. Tummel bridge and Cranwell stations have been deleted, and a new station (Kirkwall) has been added. The number of years since 1979 when the mean weekly temperature recorded at the Kirkwall station reached or was lower than minus 1.5 deg Celsius is nil.