Disabled Persons

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd January 1974.

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Photo of Mr Tom Cox Mr Tom Cox , Wandsworth Central 12:00 am, 22nd January 1974

Against the background of those figures, is the hon. Gentleman aware of the sacrifices made by many people in looking after disabled relatives rather than forcing them to go into hospital? Is he further aware that, although those people may be receiving some form of social security payment, this does not leave them with much opportunity to pay National Insurance contributions and that this in turn, at a later stage in their lives, may cause them to suffer in terms of the State retirement pension on which they have had little coverage? Will he consider the possibility of franking the insurance stamps of such people to make sure that they have protection?