HC Deb 27 February 1991 vol 186 cc539-40W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the financial consequences to his Department in the payment of maternity benefit if the legal time limit defining still birth were reduced from 28 weeks to 24 weeks.

Mr. Scott

It is estimated that if maternity benefits were payable in respect of still births occurring between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy, the additional benefit cost would be of the order of £0.5 million.