HC Deb 12 December 1972 vol 848 c80W
62. Mr. Money

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people he estimates have serious chronic disabilities without being able to obtain social security cash benefit, apart from supplementary benefit.

Mr. Dean

Precise figures are not available. There are about 140,000 people of working age who have been incapable of work for more than six months and are getting supplementary benefit without invalidity or industrial injuries scheme benefit. The 1971 Survey "Handicapped and Impaired in Great Britain" suggested that there are something under 100,000 married women housewives between 16 and 64 prevented by disablement from doing most of their household work. Some people in both these groups will be among the 22,000 adults of working age getting attendance allowance.