Family Allowances

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West 12:00 am, 27th June 1966

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what changes she proposes to make in the system of family allowances; and which outside bodies are being consulted on the problem.

Photo of Mr Maurice Macmillan Mr Maurice Macmillan , Farnham

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether she will seek to introduce a new family allowance scheme providing for the needs of large families whose total earnings are below the current National Assistance scales for such a family.

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

I cannot usefully add at present to what I said on this subject in the recent debates on the Ministry of Social Security Bill.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

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?

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

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.

Photo of Mr Maurice Macmillan Mr Maurice Macmillan , Farnham

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?

Photo of Miss Peggy Herbison Miss Peggy Herbison , Lanarkshire North

Certainly. All the problems facing us in this matter are having most serious consideration.