HC Deb 24 October 1972 vol 843 c233W
Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the average cost of funerals; and whether he will now increase the present funeral benefit to help meet the increasing charges.

Mr. Dean

Figures showing the average cost of funerals are not available, but each year the National Association of Funeral Directors agrees a maximum charge for funerals at minimum standards. The current figure is £69.75. We have no immediate proposals for increasing the amount of the death grant.