HC Deb 20 March 1968 vol 761 c115W
Mr. Emery

asked the Minister of Health (1) what is the number of his officials occupied at any time in work on the payment of social benefits of any kind; and what this number represents as a percentage of the total of his officials;

(2) what is the total expenditure on social benefits of any kind in absolute terms of money expended by his Department: and what this represents as a percentage of total expenditure of his Department.

Mr. K. Robinson

The payment of social benefits is not a main function of my Department. Estimated expenditure in 1967–68 on allowances to patients in hospital and payments by way of assistance to disabled persons together amounted to £3.9 million. This represented about 0.3 per cent. of the gross estimated expenditure on my Votes. The number of staff engaged on such payments cannot be readily assessed, but would be small.