§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give a breakdown by region of the numbers of women who are in receipt of war widows pensions paid by his Department.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The estimated numbers, grouped by War Pensions Committee areas, are:
Numbers Scotland 5,550 North East 8,250 North West 8,150 Midlands 6,350 London North 7,350 London South 10,400 South West 5,050 Wales 3,100 Belfast 1,450 Dublin 618 Isle of Man 145
development or diagnosis of that condition; and if he will take steps to assist such people to meet the financial burdens placed upon them during this time.
§ Mr. Scott
We are looking at the workings of the attendance allowance scheme as part of the reexamination of disability benefits following the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys disability surveys. We have already announced our intention to abolish the six–months qualifying period for people with terminal illness.