HC Deb 19 June 1979 vol 968 cc516-7W
Mr. Coleman

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, further to the reply to the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Mr. Golding), Official Report, 18 May, columns 12–13, when he expects his studies prior to deciding whether to institute a handicap allowance payable to all registered blind people to help meet the extra expenses of blindness.

Mr. Prentice

As I indicated in my reply to the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Mr. Golding) on 18 May, the speed with which we can make progress must be determined by the strength of the economy. The options for changes in the present system and the priority to be given to the disabled will be reviewed regularly in the light of the resources likely to be available and the other calls on public expenditure.—[Vol. 967, c. 12–13.]