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Maternity Allowance

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many women in the Glasgow, Central constituency claimed maternity allowance for the last year for which figures are available; and how many women are expected to qualify for maternity payment from the social fund after April 1987, assuming that the number of births remains constant.

Information is not available in the form requested. But in the 12 months ending 12 January 1988, the latest year for which figures are available, the following number of claims to maternity allowance were made at the Department's offices which now cover the constituency although the boundaries are not conterminous:

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The number of social fund maternity payments made by local offices in the constituency for the period from 6 April 1987 to 12 January 1988 was as follows:

No separate forecasts were made of the number of women in the constituency likely to qualify for a social fund maternity payment.