HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 cc318-9W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many season tickets for exemption from prescription charges have been issued for each quarter year since they were introduced; for how long a period they applied; how many were reclaimed for subsequent periods; and what was the breakdown of claims by age, sex and class.

Mr. Alison

Information is not available for an analysis by age, sex and class of the holder, but the certificates are not needed by children up to 15, persons aged 65 and over and those with low incomes, who are already exempt.

is thereby able to claim pension at the standard rate when she retires or reaches the age of 65 years.

Sir K. Joseph

No. The general basis for the award of credits is that a person is experiencing a contingency against which he is insured under the National Insurance scheme. But where a supplementary allowance is awarded to a woman who has left employment to care for an elderly or sick parent the Supplementary Benefits Commission take into account the cost of a non-employed person's National Insurance contribution when determining the amount payable.