SOCIAL SECURITY – CARERS' BENEFITS – 15 October 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: In the Minister's [Maria Eagle's] initial reply, she said that the Government intend to end as soon as possible the discrimination against people who become carers for the first time after the age of 65. That is very welcome, but does the hon. Lady recall that, following nearly a year of pressure from the Conservative Opposition, one of her predecessors in office gave a pledge to do that

"as soon as the legislative timetable permits"? –  [Official Report, 30 November 2000; Vol. 357, c. 857W.]

When will that actually happen?