Children's Tax Credit

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th January 2001.

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Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury) 12:00 am, 25th January 2001

I did not. The children's tax credit will benefit in particular lower and middle-income families, who desperately need that money to help with support for their children.

Given your previous ruling, Mr. Speaker, I will refrain from answering on behalf of the Opposition, but it is plain to everyone that, if they were ever in a position to abolish the children's and the working families tax credits, and again to freeze child benefit, which was their policy in government, families with children would be considerably worse off—some of them by as much as £50 a week.