HC Deb 23 October 1973 vol 861 c449W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many house-holds he estimates are disqualified from entitlement to a death grant because the breadwinner, for reasons of prolonged illness or for any other reason, has not been able to make sufficient national insurance contributions to establish entitlement.

Mr. Dean

Very few; as death grant can be paid on the basis of contributions paid or credited, the rights of households with breadwinners suffering from prolonged illness or unemployment are fully safeguarded.