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Child Benefit

Volume 32: debated on Friday 26 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the number and percentage of eligible families who have requested to continue receiving child benefit weekly; and if he will also present this data according to each administrative area of the country.

About 4ยท75 million or 69 per cent. of beneficiaries whose entitlement arose before 15 March 1982 are receiving payment weekly.The only regional figures available relate to postal regions. I regret that regional figures of child benefit supplied on prescription. Although female hormone replacement therapy products such as Cyclo-Progynova and Prempak, to which I assume the question refers, are supplied in a single pack by their manufacturer, they consist of two distinct drug formulations taken sequentially. Two prescription charges are therefore payable.