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

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on the Maternity Payments on 27th March 1987.


Mr. Dubs Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Putney claimed the maternity grant 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 31 December 1986, 1,120 claims for maternity grant were made at the Wandsworth local office of the Department which covers Putney, although the boundaries are not conterminous.

Mr. Dubs Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Welwyn and Hatfield claimed the maternity grant 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 31 December 1986, the following numbers of claims to maternity grant were made at the Department's local offices which cover the constituency, although their boundaries are not conterminous:


Area | Number

Hatfield | 1,008

Hertford | 1,339

St. Albans | 1,509


Mr. Dubs Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Battersea claimed the maternity grant 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 31 December 1986, the following numbers of claims to maternity grant were made at the Department's offices which cover the Battersea constituency, although the boundaries are not conterminous:


Area | Number

Balham (1)

Battersea (1)

Wandsworth | 1,120

(1) Claims for these offices are dealt with at Broadstairs out-station. A total of 5,258 claims were dealt with at that office but this total includes claims proper to other offices.