HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 cc420-1W
Mr. Ivan Lewis

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment he has made of the responses to the consultation exercise on the reform of bereavement benefits; and if he will make a statement. [68915]

Angela Eagle

The consultation period ended on 13 January 1999 and 76 responses have been received. Thirty one were from organisations at national and local level, and local authorities. The rest were from individuals including 3 from hon. Members. We thank all those who responded to the consultation document and can assure them that we are carefully considering the responses.

A list of those who responded has been placed in the Library. Copies of this list and specific responses are available on request from The Widows' Benefit Consultation Team, 3rd Floor, The Adelphi, 1—11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT.