Written Answers. - EEC Equality Directive.

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asked the Minister for Social Welfare the number of people in receipt of £20 per week transitional payment given to alleviate hardship up to November 1987, arising from the EEC equality directive.

The number of people in receipt of the £20 transitional payment for persons whose spouses were in receipt of a social welfare payment on the coming into operation of the equality provisions in November 1986 is approximately 13,900.