HC Deb 21 July 1971 vol 821 c316W
Mr. Pendry

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many families have been made ineligible for means-tested benefits by the increase in the child tax allowances in respect of free dental and optical care, free welfare milk and free medicines, respectively ; how many are eligible for cash benefits ; and how many are now claiming them.

Mr. Dean

The information sought in the first two parts of the Question cannot be reliably estimated. Details of the numbers claiming the benefits mentioned are as follows :

what proportion were returned when they expired.

Mr. Alison

There is no provision for the issue of temporary National Health Service medical cards ; and ordinary medical cards are not issued to overseas visitors whose stay in this country is expected to be short.