Family Allowances (Unmarried Parents)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th November 1973.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking 12:00 am, 6th November 1973

Since the Under-Secretary of State says that they are founded only on blood ties, why is it that adoptive parents can draw family allowances? If there are only relatively few cases of this kind, why should illegitimacy, as it is called, be penalised in a scheme designed to help all children except the first child? If it is necessary, can the law be amended?