§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will clarify how, under the Government's proposals for the maternity grant in the "Reform of Social Security", savings exceeding £500 will be accounted for.
§ Mr. Newton
The arrangements will be similar to those currently in force for supplementary benefit single payments for maternity and other needs. If the savings exceed £500 by more than the set amount of the grant, no payment will be made. If the excess over £500 is less than the amount of a full grant, the grant will be reduced by the amount of the excess.