HC Deb 07 February 1978 vol 943 c552W
Mr. Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the gross benefits withheld from national insurance beneficiaries resident in National Health Service hospitals in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Orme

It is estimated that in the financial year 1977–78 that the amount withheld from national insurance benefits paid from the National Insurance Fund will be of the order of £70 million, and a further sum of the order of £20 million deducted from non-contributory invalidity pensions and old persons' pensions.

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