HC Deb 06 December 1968 vol 774 cc591-2W
Mrs. Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to introduce a scheme to improve the position of the disabled housewife and to institute a national disability income.

Mr. Swingler

The National Insurance scheme already provides sickness benefit without limit of time for ill and disabled people. An increase of a husband's sickness or unemployment benefit or retirement pension is paid for a dependent wife; and a wife can get a retirement pension on her husband's insurance at age 60, if he has retired. As to further developments of the scheme 1 must ask the hon. Member to await our White Paper.