§ 79. Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent, when calculating the entitlement of patients in National Health Service hospitals to supplementary and other benefits, he takes into account cash benefits accruing to these patients from private insurance schemes.
§ Sir K. Joseph
Up to £1 a week of the income for such schemes qualifies to be disregarded in assessing supplementary benefit; the remainder is normally taken into account as it is received. National insurance benefits are completely unaffected.