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Disabled Persons (Benefits)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether, when the Government are considering the question of sickness and invalidity benefits in connection with the proposals in Sir William Beveridge's Report, sympathetic consideration will be given to the claims of cripples and disabled persons who are ineligible for health insurance benefits and have not reached the age for the old age pension, for adequate provision to meet their needs?

Yes, Sir. I recognise that the position of the classes of persons to which my hon. Friend refers will need special consideration.

Will my right hon. Friend have a census taken of the disabled persons in the category mentioned in the Question?

I would like to look at the information available before I give any such undertaking.