§ Mr. Wareing
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to ensure that full advantage is taken of the extension of attendance allowance to children under the age of two years; and if the entitlement will be on the same basis as children under the age of 16 years currently receiving attendance allowance.
§ Mr. Scott
Information about the extension will be included in a new edition of the attendance allowance leaflet to be published in April. This will be supported by information for doctors, health visitors and others who may be advising parents. The publicity will be timed to coincide with the extension and will be maintained thereafter to inform the parents or guardians of newly eligible children of their entitlement. The regulations which I will be laying before the House will extend attendance allowance to children under two satisfy the entitlement conditions which currently apply to children up to the age of 16.