§ 29. Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the fact that his Department encourages patients to dialyse themselves on kidney machines in their own homes and in view of the fact that substantial amounts of extra heat are required in a separate room, he will consider giving a special heating allowance for such patients; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alison
We are reviewing the present arrangements under which the hospital authority is responsible only for the cost of the electricity used by the kidney machine.
§ 31. Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will direct the Supplementary Benefits Commission to discontinue the practice of deducting long-term additions from heating allowances given to pensioners; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The Supplementary Benefits Commission is considering whether this report has any implications for the administration of their discretionary powers to increase benefit when there are exceptional circumstances.