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Benefits (Sex Equality)

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has any plans to extend the principle of equality of the sexes to all social security benefits; and if he will make a statement.

The Government's proposals for extending the principle of equality of the sexes in social security are included in the Social Security Bill, presented to Parliament on 29 November 1979. We have no plans for any further extension of the principle at present.