asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he last met representatives of the Royal Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults to discuss benefit provision for the disabled.
My right hon. Friend met the Royal society on 15 January this year. Since then my colleagues and I have held discussions with the Royal society in June and July this year and there have been other meetings with officials from the Department.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will extend eligibility for benefit to people who by virtue of partial disablement can work only part-time.
I have no proposals for doing so at present. However, we are looking at the financial implication of providing help to people who, for health reasons can work only part-time.