§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the value of the death grant in 1974 in terms of the 1964 pound sterling; and if she will take steps to restore its real value.
§ Mr. Meacher
On the basis of the General Index of Retail Prices the value 241W of the death grant in 1974 in terms of 1964 prices was£15.42. In the present difficult economic circumstances the available resources are being devoted to increasing existing benefits designed to meet day-to-day living expenses and to the provision of new benefits designed to help in particular the disabled.