HC Deb 03 April 1979 vol 965 cc569-70W
50. Mr. Loyden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what amount has been paid in death grants over the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

56. Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much was paid in death grant for the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Mr. Orme

The amount paid in death grants in 1977–78, the latest period for which a firm figure is available, was £15,128,000. It is estimated that £16 million will have been paid in 1978–79. Under the provision of the Social Security Act 1979 my right hon. Friend has to review the level of the death grant each year to determine whether it has retained its value in relation to the general level of earnings or prices. Whether the level of the grant can be increased will, however, depend on the availability of resources