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Maternity Payments

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many letters he has received in the last six months condemning the reductions in maternity benefits introduced in the Social Security Act 1986.

We have received approximately 240 letters concerning the new maternity benefit arrangements during the last six months. Precise information about the number of these letters which condemn reductions in maternity benefits is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency claimed maternity grant in the latest year for which figures are available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Leicester claimed maternity grant in the latest year for which figures are available.

Information is not available in the form requested.The numbers of claims for maternity grant received at the Department's four Leicester local offices during the 1986 calendar year were as follows:

Number
Leicester (Burley's Way)1,775
Leicester (Lower Hill Street)2,099
Leicester (Norton Street)2,581
Leicester (Yeoman Street)3,022

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in the Langbaurgh constituency claimed maternity grant in the latest year for which figures are available.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Redcar (Mr. Tinn) on 12 February at column 357.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in Sunderland, North constituency claimed maternity grant in the latest year for which figures are available.

Information is not available in the form requested.Sunderland, North constituency is covered by the Department's offices at Sunderland, South and Sunderland, North although their boundaries are not conterminous with the constituency. The number of claims received for maternity grant in the two local offices in the 1986 calendar year was as follows:

Number
Sunderland South1,442
Sunderland North2,097
Number of deaths from twenty major causes of death in the United Kingdom, by sex, all ages, 1985
ICD1 numberCause of DeathNumber of deaths
Males
410–414Ischaemic heart disease104,467
430–438Cerebrovascular disease31,597
160–165Malignant neoplasm of respiratory and intrathoracic organs30,790
150–159Malignant neoplasm of digestive organs and peritoneum24,130
390–405,415–429,440–459Other diseases of the circulatory system23,217
490–496Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and allied conditions22,971
480–486Pneumonia12,670
179–189Malignant neoplasm of genitourinary organs12,668
520–579Diseases of the digestive system8,722