Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on the Heating Allowance on 17th February 1987.
Mr. Bill Walker Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give details of the total number of supplementary benefit recipients who were in receipt of heating allowance in 1984; and how many of them were paid the maximum allowance.
Mr. Major A total of 2,829,000 supplementary benefit claimants were in receipt of a heating addition in 1984. The maximum standard heating addition payable is the estate rate heating addition for a dwelling with five or more rooms. In 1984, 10,000 such additions were in payment.
Source: “Annual Statistical Enquiry 1984.”