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Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list all the benefit rights of a woman who is a dependant of her husband as against a man who is a dependant of his wife.

No benefit rights are conferred on a person by virtue of being the dependant of another person. However, entitlement to certain benefits can be acquired on a spouse's contributions, viz. maternity grant, category B retirement pension and widowhood benefits.