HC Deb 11 February 1982 vol 17 cc460-1W
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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many widows have had their benefits withdrawn on grounds of cohabitation during each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many have appealed against the decision; and with what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:

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.