§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many widows have had their benefits withdrawn on grounds of cohabitation during each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many have appealed against the decision; and with what result.
§ Mr. Rossi
The information is as follows:
that were returned. The number of abortion notification forms—HSA3—that were returned for amendment between 1 February 1973 and 31 March 1981 were as follows:
Number February-December 1973 (inclusive) 3,301 1974 — 2,242 1975 — 1,817 1976 — 3,307 1977 — 3,397 1978 — 3,680 1979 — 3,580 1980 — 6,053 January-March 1981 (inclusive) 2,340
The HSA2 form is not a notification form but is the certificate of opinion used by a single practitioner when termination of pregnancy is undertaken in an emergency under section 1.4 of the Abortion Act. These forms are not submitted to the chief medical officer but are retained by the practitioner who terminates the pregnancy.461W