HC Deb 18 July 1986 vol 101 c668W
Mr. Clay

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the gross and net cost of increasing the single person's rate of maternity allowance by £7.35.

Mr. Major

The cost of increasing the basic rate of maternity allowance by £7.35 per week would be about £47 million in a full year, with a saving of about £2 million on supplementary benefit expenditure. If the increase was confined to single women only, the cost would be about £6 million.