§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the proposed severe disablement allowance is part of the Government's long term intention of moving towards a coherent system of benefits for disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
Severe disablement allowance will be a benefit for which people can qualify without regard to sex or marital status, and it will use a test of degree of disablement already well-established for industrial injuries and war pensions. It therefore represents another useful step towards the more coherent system of benefits which is our long-term aim.