Remission of Health Service Charges and Payment of Travelling Expenses

Orders of the Day — Clause 13 – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 14th March 1988.

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Lords amendment: No. 5, in page 11, line 1, leave out from "method" to "or" in line 2 and insert described by reference to a method of calculating or estimating income or capital specified in an enactment other than this section

Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Photo of Mr Paul Dean Mr Paul Dean , Woodspring

With this it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendments Nos. 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13.

Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate

These are technical amendments intended to make it clear beyond doubt that regulations can set out the test of low income to be used when people apply for help with National Health Service charges by reference to the calculations relating to income support or housing benefit. This ties the regulations to be made under the new section introduced by clause 13, which will include a means test which will partly cross-refer to calculations made for the purpose of income support and of housing benefit, to the applicable amounts for those purposes. The resources rule for income will refer to the calculations under the regulations for the purposes of income support, but they will specify different figures in some cases. On the requirement side, the income support applicable amounts will be taken. An amount will be added on for net housing costs and then a deduction made in respect of housing benefit actually received.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords amendments agreed to.

Lords amendment: No. 8, in page 11, line 25, leave out "and".

Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Photo of Mr Paul Dean Mr Paul Dean , Woodspring

With this, it will be convenient to take Lords amendments Nos. 9, 10 and 33. This amendment involves privilege.

Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate

A new paragraph (c) has been added to subsection (1) of the new section 75A of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act, inserted by clause 13(2). This will enable existing arrangements for the payment of overnight expenses to continue. Those arrangements are needed because of the long journeys which people in some parts of Scotland have to undertake to get treatment.

Question put and agreed to. [Special Entry.]

Subsequent Lords amendments agreed to. [Some with Special Entry.]