HC Deb 12 December 1989 vol 163 cc583-4W
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:

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.