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Child Benefit

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th April 1991.

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Photo of Mr David Mellor Mr David Mellor , Putney 12:00 am, 18th April 1991

I enjoyed that question. I am not sure that it shed much light on the debate, but I enjoyed it. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the upratings in child benefit announced in the Budget, as well as those that took place this month, have been a substantial contribution to assisting families with children including, interestingly, the poorest 25 per cent. of families, who, in the uprating announced in the Budget, will not suffer clawback on their family credit arrangements. The Labour party costed its shadow Budget on the basis that it would claw back the increase in child benefit from those who were in receipt of income support.