§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why his Department has not yet classified International House, Woolwich, as a hostel under the supplementary benefit regulations; what representations he has received on this matter; and when he expects to reach a decision.
§ Mr. Whitney
A question whether or not an establishment should be treated as a hostel for supplementary benefit purposes is intially referred to the adjudication authorities for determination. If their findings are that it falls outside the definition, my right hon. Friend has power to decide. The director of International Students Housing Society has written to the Department representing that International House, Woolwich, should be treated as a hostel. The adjudication authorities' determination that it falls outside the definition of a hostel478W has only just been received. We are considering now whether the establishment should be designated as a hostel, using my right hon. Friend's powers.