HC Deb 11 March 1980 vol 980 cc501-2W
Dr. Edmund Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will take steps to extend the payment of maternity grant to any person who adopts a baby.

Mrs. Chalker

My right hon. Friend has no plans to extend maternity grant to adoptive parents. The grant is a lump sum payment made to the natural mother to assist with the expenses she incurs in having a baby. Under section 12(4) of the Children Act 1975, adoption proceedings cannot begin until six weeks after the birth of a child.

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