HC Deb 24 February 1976 vol 906 c177W
66. Mr. Giles Shaw

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans she has to gain reciprocity of benefits for British citizens in the Republic of Ireland as afforded to Irish citizens in the United Kingdom.

Mrs. Castle

Reciprocity for all British citizens is already achieved in cash social security benefits through the combined effect of the EEC Social

Year ended 31st March 1973 Year ended 31st March 1974 Year ended 31st March 1975
Installation of telephone and attachments 17,500 22,900 23,600
Rentals 12,100 28,800 47,100
Cost of installations and rentals £781,428 £1,491,000 £2,329,000 (provisional)

My hon. Friend will know that assistance may be given either under Section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 or under Section 45 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 in the case of frail elderly people not disabled.