Civilian Disabled Persons

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Miss Joan Vickers Miss Joan Vickers , Plymouth, Devonport 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what consideration is being given to the provision of a State pension for civilian disabled persons other than those entitled to industrial injury benefit.

Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street

I would refer the hon. Lady to the replies I gave to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, West (Sir J. Eden) on 31st January.

Photo of Miss Joan Vickers Miss Joan Vickers , Plymouth, Devonport

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be much better to give these people a definite pension, particularly, for instance, victims of polio, on similar lines to what is done for the blind rather than that they should have to go to National Assistance for their weekly allowances?

Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street

I am aware of the hon. Lady's concern in these matters, and she will, I know, appreciate that my right hon. Friends the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Minister have personally assured the bodies interested in this problem that the difficulties of the chronic sick and the disabled will be fully examined and considered in our review of social security provisions.

Photo of Hon. Richard Wood Hon. Richard Wood , Bridlington

Can the hon. Gentleman say exactly what research into numbers and extent of disability, particularly so far as the problem applies to old people, is going on in his right hon. Friend's Department or the Department of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster?

Photo of Mr Norman Pentland Mr Norman Pentland , Chester-le-Street

All this is being considered in the investigations which are now taking place in the social security review.