§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many epileptics he estimates there are in England and Wales; and what arrangements there are for financial help to them.
§ Mr. Alison
I accept the estimates made in the report "People with Epilepsy", published for my Department in 1969, that in England and Wales there may be up to 300,000 sufferers from epilepsy. People with epilepsy are covered by the general arrangements for social security benefits; thus those who are incapacitated for work have the same entitlement to sickness and invalidity320W
benefits and to supplementary benefits as those who suffer from other illnesses.