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Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many copies of his Department's new series of social security leaflets have been distributed (a) in total and (b) to members of the press.

The number of copies of the new series of social security leaflets printed by the end of April were:

LeafletNumber printed (million)
FB2Which benefit?2·00
FB8Babies and benefits3·50
FB23Young people's guide to Social Security3·00
FB27Bringing up children?3·00
FB28Sick or disabled?3·00
FB29Help when someone dies3·00
NI17AMaternity benefits1·14
NI196Social Security benefit rates5·35
NI246How to appeal0·70
NP38Your future pension0·50
NP39Your Additional Pension statement0·30


Number printed (million)

MAIIntegrated leaflet/claim form for Maternity Allowance0·86
SF100Integrated leaflet/claim form for maternity payments from the Social Fund0·90
SF200Integrated leaflet/claim form for funeral payments from the Social Fund1·50

An initial distribution has been made, but at any one time a proportion of these leaflets is held in store waiting to resupply local offices and other outlets. Further quantities will be printed throughout the year in response to demand.

Approximately 130 press packs containing a set of the new leaflets and explanatory material were distributed to members of the press.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the places in which the new social security leaflets are officially available.

Full registration
(i) to doctors holding overseas qualifications which the Council recognises1,027774867929967921
(ii) to doctors who had held limited registration without requalification in the United Kingdom342271360574737620
(iii) to doctors who had held limited registration and had requalified in the United Kingdom9378101154139123
(iv) to doctors who were in the United Kingdom temporarily to provide specialist services as Visiting Overseas Doctors354241392643
Total grants of full registration1,4971,1651,3691,6961,8691,707
Limited Registration
Initial grants of limited registration to doctors with qualifications which the Council accepts1,6711,4731,1291,1231,0241,034


1 General Medical Council's Annual Reports for the years 1981–85.

2 General Medical Council.

We have no information about the numbers for 1987 nor about the number of overseas qualified doctors who applied unsuccessfully for registration in the years 1981 to 1986. My hon. Friend may care to approach the General Medical Council for these details.