Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill

Part of Parliament (Amendment) – in the House of Commons at 5:28 pm on 26th October 2010.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 5:28 pm, 26th October 2010

Well, other schemes are available to help women ensure that their diet is healthy. May I tell the hon. Lady what others have said about this one? Zoe Williams, writing in The Guardian in April 2009, said that this is

"a universal grant to mothers who may or may not need it, and may or may not spend it on vegetables that may or may not positively influence the health of their unborn children."

[Interruption.] I am simply quoting from The Guardian-I did not realise just how much outrage that would cause in the House. Paul Waugh, writing in the London Evening Standard in June 2010, said:

"The Health in Pregnancy Grant is frequently not even spent on healthy food."