§ Mrs. Beckett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the total amount to be distributed to charities as a result of the error in the retail prices index; by what criteria the charities will be selected; and how much will be paid to charities for the benefit of one-parent families, people with disabilities and unemployed people respectively.552W
§ Mr. Scott
We estimate that the total amount to be distributed to charities in England, Scotland and Wales will be about £7 million. This sum will he paid to charities whose work broadly benefits those who have lost out as a result of the error. We have been discussing with the voluntary sector the way we can best meet this objective and how funds should be distributed and we shall make a further announcement as soon as possible.