Could my right hon. Friend say, perhaps in the OFFICIAL REPORT, what bodies she is consulting in this matter? Is she consulting, for instance, the Child Poverty Action Group and representatives from child welfare committees, as the social workers engaged by these committees are doing very useful work in meeting the large families which are suffering great hardship and poverty at this time?
The group which is studying child poverty has given us a great deal of information on this matter, and we pay particular attention to it. Wherever there is any source of help in this work, we shall be most ready to take advantage of it.
Can the right hon. Lady give an assurance that when her studies are complete she will have taken into account the shortfall in the growth of our economy under the National Plan, and will she assure us that these people at any rate will not suffer in any way as a result of that?