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Pensions (Sexual Equality)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the Government will extend the principles of sexual equality recently acknowledged by paying child benefit to single men, by abolishing the household duties test and allowing married disabled women to qualify for non-contributory invalidity pension on equal terms with disabled men and single disabled women.

Single men have always been able to qualify for child benefit. Any consideration of the conditions under which married women may qualify for non-contributory invalidity pension must await the publication of the report of the National Insurance Advisory Committee on the question referred to it by the previous Administration in November 1978.