Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Severe Weather Payments on 3rd March 1987.
Mr. Rooker Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what representations he has received on the use of the term householder in question two of his Department’s press advertisements about extra help with fuel bills; and if he will make a statement;
(2) if he will instruct his officials to reconsider applications for help with fuel costs made on the basis of press advertisements issued by his Department, where the applicant answered no to question two.
Mr. Major We have received a number of representations and inquiries on this point. The advertisement asks whether the claimant is a householder because this is one of the qualifying conditions for entitlement to an exceptionally cold weather payment.