HC Deb 23 March 1978 vol 946 cc715-6W
Mr. Mates

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many registered disabled people there were in the United Kingdom at the latest convenient date; what direct Exchequer expenditure has been allotted to the registered disabled; and whether this figure can be broken down into convenient categories.

Mr. Alfred Morris

At 31st March 1977, there were 982,000 people on local authority registers of disabled people in England and Wales and at 31st December 1976 there were 14,000 disabled people registered in Northern Ireland. In Scotland, registers of disabled people are not kept, but at 31st March 1976 there were 30,000 disabled people in receipt of services from social work departments. As regards expenditure, I assume that the hon. Gentleman is referring to services and benefits provided by my Department directly to disabled people. Provision is not normally dependent on registration and therefore expenditure is not allotted on this basis. However £36.171 million was directly spent by my Department during the financial year 1976–77 as follows:

£ million
Hearing aids 5.294
Artificial limbs 11.402
Surgical boots 0.311
Possum 0.313
Vehicles 12.203
Wheelchairs 4.529
Car maintenance and Private car allowance 2.119

The table below shows public expenditure on social security benefits which are by their nature paid because of chronic sickness or disablement.

£ million
Invalidity Benefit 683
Attendance Allowance 168
Invalid Care Allowance 4
Industrial Disablement Benefit 194
Injury Benefit 50
Non-Contributory Invalidity Pension 42
Non-Contributory Invalidity Pension for married women 9
Mobility Allowance 19
War Disablement Pensions 205
Supplementary Allowance—sick and Disabled over six months 115
Total 1,489