§ Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when a non-contributory invalid pension for disabled housewives will become payable; and what are the causes of the delay.
§ Sir A. Meyer
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when she expects to be able to provide a non-contributory invalidity benefit for disabled housewives.
§ Mr. Alfred Morris
It is not yet possible to say when payment of the housewives' non-contributory invalidity pension can begin. A great deal of preparatory work is needed to devise fair and workable arrangements for this benefit, which is a very novel feature in a heavy overall programme that needs to be carefully phased. I and my officials are meeting representatives of the All-Party Disablement Group to discuss this matter.