HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 c214W
Mr. Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether arrangements will be made for elderly women in institutions to receive a free issue of sweets each week, as a substitute for the weekly allowance of 1½ ozs. of tobacco which is given to the men.

Mr. Woodburn

Every person provided with residential accommodation under the National Assistance Act must in terms of regulations be left with a minimum of 5s. pocket money per week, no matter what his income. If this pocket money is not sufficient to meet the need for comforts, such as sweets and tobacco, the local authority have full discretion to provide these in kind according to their ration entitlement.