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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 11th March 1987.


Mr. Michie Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether any of the items previously considered essential under the Department of Health and Social Security single payment regulations will not be included in the new maternity payment.

Mr. Major I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Mr. Flannery) on 25 February at column 322.

Mr. Michie Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many single payments for maternity items were made to women in Sheffield, Heeley; in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Lyell The information requested is not collected by individual local offices and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Dr. Bray Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Motherwell, South claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major Information is not available in the precise form requested.

The Motherwell, South constituency is covered by the Department's local offices at Motherwell, Hamilton and Wishaw, although their boundaries are not conterminous with the constituency. The numbers of claims for maternity grant received at those local offices during the 1986 calendar year were as follows:


Area | Number

Motherwell | 944

Hamilton | 1,868

Wishaw | 792


Mr. Stuart Holland Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Lambeth claimed the maternity grant in the last year for which figures are available.233W

Mr. Major I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Norwood (Mr. Fraser) on 23 February at columns 119-20.

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

Mr. Major I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Norwood (Mr. Fraser) on 23 February at column 120.