asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, under what statutory powers he proposes to make long-term single householder and couple scale rates for each year since 1973.
The information requested is shown in the table below:retrospective attendance allowance payments to home dialysis patients who have been deprived of such payments as a consequence of the rulings of the Attendance Allowance Board.
As my hon. Friend made clear in the debate on the Second Reading of the Social Security Bill on 21st November—[Vol. 958, c. 1197]—these payments will be made on an extra-statutory basis. They will be noted in my Department's accounts which will be submitted to Parliament for approval in the normal way.