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Family Allowances

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1964.

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Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher , Finchley 12:00 am, 29th June 1964

I understand that Beveridge recommended 8s. a week, but his proposals were ignored by the Labour Party, who introduced 5s. a week. I also understand that in spite of what the hon. Member said about malnutrition, children are generally heavier and taller than they were 12 years ago. I understand from the Report of the Chief Medical Officer to the Ministry of Education that the percentage of children in England and Wales found to be in an unsatisfactory physical condition on medical examination at school was 2·9 per cent. in 1951 and was down to 0·54 per cent. in 1963.