Child Benefit

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th May 1976.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn 12:00 am, 25th May 1976

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will announce the rate at which child benefit will be introduced next year.

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Norwich North

I shall be made a statement later this afternoon.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I find that reply rather ominous and that I shall be trying to catch your eye, Mr. Speaker, when my right hon. Friend makes his statement?

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Norwich North

I cannot understand why my right hon. Friend finds the prospect of a statement ominous. If there were to be the introduction of the scheme of which the House approved there would clearly have to be a statement to the House, and it would be surprising if I were not the Secretary of State to do it.

Photo of Mr Patrick Jenkin Mr Patrick Jenkin , Redbridge Wanstead and Woodford

Since the right hon. Member for Blackburn (Mrs. Castle) failed for so long to give the figures for child benefit, why should she find it ominous when the Secretary of State proposes to do so?