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Benefits

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to reimburse in full the payments made by local authorities under sections 12 and 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 where they were made because persons were denied their statutory benefit by reason of recent Department of Health and Social Security industrial action.

There are no statutory powers available to my right hon. and learned Friend for this purpose. Reimbursement at his hand had not been sought nor do I consider that it would be appropriate. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has, however, asked that its recent expenditure on this account should be disregarded for grant penalty purposes. My right hon. and learned Friend has undertaken to consider this request carefully and awaits further detailed information from the convention. Meanwhile, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services, has included in the Social Security Bill provisions enabling local authorities and other bodies to make payments on his behalf when social security payments are prevented in an emergency, and providing for reimbursement of the payments made together with reasonable administrative costs.

Table 1
Abortions by Age and Gestation—Scotland 1980–1986
Year and AgeGestation (Weeks)
up to 1818–2425–27Not KnownTotal
1980
up to 1622115236
16–213,00410013,105
Over 214,42413734,564
Total7,64925247,905
1981
up to 1619210202
16 to 213,5758223,659
Over 215,023119315,146
Total8,790211519,007
1982
up to 1622917246
16 to 213,35598213,456
Over 214,61310914,723
Total8,197224318,425
1983
up to 1621723240
16 to 213,343943,437
Over 214,65712414,782
Total8,21724118,459
1984
up to 1630515320
16 to 213,8059923,906
Over 214,82410324,929
Total8,93421749,155
1985
up to 1629014304
16 to 213,758713,829
Over 214,9599525,056
Total9,00718029,189
11986
up to 162989307
16 to 213,807573,864
Over 215,2849225,378
Total9,38915829,549
1Provisional.
As more than one statutory ground can be recorded the following figures show the number of occurrences of each statutory ground