HC Deb 30 June 1982 vol 26 c328W
Mr. Timothy Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be the cost of extending the invalid care allowance to married women looking after their husbands.

Mr. Rossi

The gross annual cost is estimated to be about £50 million. The net cost would be less than £5 million because the increase of social security benefit which a husband gets for his wife would be correspondingly reduced.