HC Deb 30 November 1973 vol 865 cc244-5W
Mr. Mudd

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is aware of the increase in the price of many diabetic foodstuffs ; and if he will consider raising supplementary entitlements to offset these increases in appropriate cases.

Mr. Dean

Supplementary benefit scale rates were substantially increased with effect from 1st October 1973, thus allowing for greater expenditure on food generally. The standard amounts allowed by the Supplementary Benefits Commission for the additional expenses of special diets are kept under review by the commission and are increased periodically in the light of movements in the food component of the retail prices index.