§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what is the present estimated cost of increasing the disregard for National Assistance of earnings and disability and private pensions by 10s. a week.
§ Miss Hornsby-Smith
About £1¼ million a year, apart from the cost of grants to any persons not eligible for assistance under the present rules who might then become eligible. My noble Friend will no doubt have in mind that the disregards for National Assistance purposes were increased by about 50 per cent. as recently as last September.