HC Deb 03 November 1980 vol 991 cc407-8W
Mr. Thomas Cox

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what discussion he is having as to the future use of St. Benedict's hospital, Tooting;

(2) what is the present value of the site and buildings of St. Benedict's hospital, Tooting.

Dr. Vaughan

The future use of St. Benedict's hospital is being considered

special administrative arrangements that were made when the benefit was first introduced, figures for 1977–78 are not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The costs of appeals are not analysed by the individual benefits.

Dr. McDonald

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the number of applicants for the noncontributory invalidity pensions for married women in 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80; the number refused benefit at the first application because they did not meet the "household duties" test; and the number receiving benefit following an appeal in each of the above years.

Mr. Prentice

Because of the administrative arrangements that were applied when non-contributory invalidity pension for married women was introduced, statistics covering the period up to March 1978 are not readily available. The figures from then—and since June 1978 in the case of disallowances because of failure to meet the "household duties"—to the latest date for which figures are available are as follows:

by the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth area health authority (teaching) and information on the value of the site is not yet available centrally. The hon. Member may like to raise this matter direct with the authority.