Maternity Benefits

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate 12:00 am, 14th June 1988

My hon. Friend is right in saying that the system has changed so that what now matters is whether the lady was recently in employment. I hope my hon. Friend will welcome that change, but I should point out that, in the case of his constituent, it was not just a matter of the way in which we applied the rules. We had also to bear in mind the fact that, while the lady was unemployed, she went abroad for two weeks and was therefore unable to have the credit. If she had not gone abroad, she would have had 51 credits.