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 Hon. John Silkin Hon. John Silkin , Deptford 12:00 am, 6th November 1973

Will the hon. Gentleman consider dealing with what is a very difficult problem in the interval of time before any tax credit scheme may or may not come into existence? The total number of illegitimate births as a percentage of total births, as the hon. Gentleman knows, is about 7 per cent. We are dealing with an extremely small fraction of that 7 per cent. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is aware that a great deal of miscarriage of justice—if one takes it that way—can be caused on this basis. Should it not be possible, therefore, for mothers to claim? That would avoid the kind of delicate question about which the hon. Gentleman is rightly worried.