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Chronically Sick And Disabled Persons

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the Association of County Councils concerning the provision of essential services for disabled people ; what reply he has given ; and if he will make a statement.

A proposal was put forward by the association that section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 should be made discretionary, but I understand that the proposal is no longer being pursued. My right hon. Friend has no present plans to amend the section.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has received on the outcome of the research undertaken by the Disablement Income Group charitable trust into the circumstances of chronically sick and disabled people on supplementary benefit ; if there is any action he will be taking arising from the main results of this research ; and if he will make a statement.

I do not yet have any definitive information on the outcome of the research referred to by the right hon. Gentleman.