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Social Security Benefits

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount paid by his Department in benefits in relation to children diagnosed with foetal anti-convulsant syndrome caused by mothers receiving sodium valproate treatment during pregnancy in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (259373)

No estimate has been made of the amount of benefits paid in relation to children diagnosed with foetal anti-convulsant syndrome caused by mothers receiving sodium valproate treatment during pregnancy. However, the disabilities associated with this syndrome may mean that a child could be entitled to disability living allowance depending on the level of their personal care needs and/or mobility difficulties arising from those disabilities.