HC Deb 02 November 1948 vol 457 cc672-3
37. Mrs. Braddock

asked the Minister of National Insurance the number of applications received for national assistance from persons mentally defective or permanently crippled, living at home, who have not previously had assistance; the amount paid to date; and the number refused.

Mr. J. Griffiths

The Board inform me that they are paying many allowances to people in the categories mentioned by my hon. Friend, but they could not ascertain the precise number of applications, the number of such allowances in payment, or the total amount, without a special inquiry.

Mrs. Braddock

Is my right hon. Friend convinced that it is sufficiently known by people in these two categories that this benefit is available to them, and can he suggest any other way in which it could be more widely publicised than at present?

Mr. Griffiths

We have taken every step which is open to us to make known to everybody concerned the details of this provision, which is one of the best features of the new National Assistance Act.

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