§ Mr. Barnes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of printing explanatory leaflets relating to claims for welfare benefits and exemption from health charges during 1971 and for the previous five years.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The cost of 34¼ million leaflets issued during the 1971 campaign to increase take-up of welfare benefits and exemptions from health charges was £45,300. Comparable figures for 1970 were 11½ million leaflets costing £23,150 and for 1969 were three million leaflets costing £3,850. Earlier figures are not available.
The leaflets concerned are "Your Right to Free Welfare Milk and Foods" (W11), "Free Prescriptions" (PC11), "Optical and Dental Charges, How to Claim Exemption" (F11) and "Which of These are Yours by Right?" (FB11).
These figures do not include the cost of leaflets describing other benefits administered by the Department.