Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Commission on Poverty

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton 12:00 am, 16th April 1970

I agree. After the first attack on the problem of widows, of supplementary benefits in place of National Assistance and the other things I have mentioned, poverty among large families came much more into the centre of the stage as the most urgent problem. That is why on two occasions we have increased family allowances, I am sure with the hon. Gentleman's support. The only thing that worries me is the way Tory canvassers, knowing that it is unpopular, go around getting the maximum political advantage out of our decision.