Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Pensioners (Food Allocations) on 23rd March 1987.
Mr. Lawrence Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will consider an additional page in the state pension book to enable an entry to be made to register that the pensioner has received his or her allocation of free European Community butter, cheese, meat, and so on.
Mr. Major It is desirable to restrict entries in state pension order books to those necessary for the operation of the pension payment system. Entries in order books by other bodies could lead to confusion and difficulty. For this reason, it would not be appropriate to include an additional page to record receipt of food from the current Economic Community distribution scheme. Moreover, release of stocks of butter etc. from the short-term assistance scheme will terminate on 31 March.