Oral Answers to Questions — TUC

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th June 1976.

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Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:00 am, 24th June 1976

I am grateful for the opportunity to explain the position of the General Council of the TUC. It has confirmed its support of the principle embodied in the Child Benefit Act. It is incorrect to say that the scheme has been abandoned. It is on the statute book and will be implemented. The Government have already made a start by ensuring £1 a week for the first child. That is not much but it is a start towards implementing the scheme, and we hope to do more in that direction. There will be a working party to examine the prospects and to see whether the scheme can be phased in, as distinct from introducing it immediately, which would have cost more money that the Government have available at present.