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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Maternity Payments

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Maternity Payments on 2nd March 1987.


Mr. Garrett Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in North Tyneside claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information on the number of claimants to maternity grant is not available in the form requested. But in the 12 months ending 31 December 1986 the following numbers of claims to maternity grant were made at the Department's local offices which cover North Tyneside although the boundaries are not conterminous :


Area | Numbers

Newcastle (East) | 1,459

North Shields | 1,108

Wallsend | 889


Mr. Lofthouse Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information on the number of claimants to maternity grant is not available in the precise form requested.

Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley are covered by the Department's local offices at Castleford and Pontefract, although their boundaries are not conterminous with the areas in the question. The numbers of claims to maternity grant received at these two local offices during the 1986 calendar year were as follows :


Area | Numbers

Castleford | 1,138

Pontefract | 958


Mr. Ashley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Stoke-on-Trent, South claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information on the number of claimants to maternity grant is not available in the precise form requested.

The Stoke-on-Trent, South constituency is covered by the Department's offices at Stoke (North), Stoke (South) and Newcastle (Staffs) and their boundaries are not conterminous with the constituency. The numbers of claims received for maternity grant at these local offices during the calendar year 1986 were as follows :


Area | Numbers

Stoke (North) | 2,605

Stoke (South) | 1,807

Newcastle (Staffs) | 1,572


Mr. Ashley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Stoke-on-Trent, South received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the form requested, but in the 12 months ending April 1986, the latest year for which figures are available, the following numbers of claims to maternity allowance were made at the Department's offices which cover Stoke-on-Trent, South although the boundaries are not conterminous :


Area | Numbers

Newcastle (Staffs) | 1,265

Stoke North | 1,640

Stoke South | 1,661


Mr. McNamara Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in the city of Hull and the Kingston upon Hull, North constituency, respectively, claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information on the number of claimants to maternity grant is not available in the precise form requested.

The city of Hull and the Kingston upon Hull, North constituency are covered by the Department's local offices at Hull (East) and Hull (West) although their boundaries are not conterminous. The numbers of claims for maternity grant received at the Hull local offices during the 1986 calendar year were as follows :


Area | Numbers

Hull (East) | 3,443

Hull (West) | 2,862


Mr. McNamara Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in the city of Hull and the Kingston upon Hull, North constituency, respectively, received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the form requested. But in the 12 months ending April 1986, the latest year for which figures are available, the following number of claims to maternity allowance were made at the Department's offices which cover both the City of Hull and the North Hull constituency although the boundaries are not conterminous :

Area | Numbers

Hull (East) | 1,929

Hull (West) | 1,927


Mr. Sheerman Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many women in Calder Valley received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available;

(2) how many women in Halifax received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the form requested, but in the 12 months ending April 1986, the latest year for which figures are available, 1,748 claims to maternity allowance were made at Halifax, the Department's office which covers both Calder Valley and Halifax although the boundaries are not conterminous.

Mr. Sheerman Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Dewsbury received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the form requested, but in the 12 months ending April 1986, the latest year for which figures are available, the following numbers of claims to maternity allowance were made at the Department's offices which cover Dewsbury although the boundaries are not conterminous.


Area | Numbers

Dewsbury | 1,379

Huddersfield | 1,678


Mr. Sheerman Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Huddersfield received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the form requested, but in the 12 months ending April 1986, the latest year for which figures are available, 1,678 claims to maternity allowance were made at the Department's office at Huddersfield although the boundaries are not conterminous.

Mr. Sheerman Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Calder Valley claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Mr. Michie) on 18 February at column 702.

Mr. Sheerman Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Batley and Spenborough received maternity allowance in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the form requested, but in the 12 months ending April 1986, the latest year to which figures are available, 1,379 claims to maternity allowance were made at Dewsbury, the Department's office which covers Batley and Spenborough although the boundaries are not conterminous.