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Blind Persons (Benefits)

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish tables showing the additional benefits available to the blind in the United Kingdom and in the other eight countries of the European Community.

I assume the hon. Member is referring to social security benefits. Comparative social security tables for member States of the European Communities, showing the position at 1 January 1978, have been prepared by the Department and a copy placed in the Library. These tables include benefits available to handicapped people, including those who are blind, and I refer the hon. Member particularly to pages 8 to 21 and 42 to 50. New tables, showing the position at 1 January 1979, are expected to be available shortly.