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Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:55 pm on 5th February 2016.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 1:55 pm, 5th February 2016

Does my hon. Friend accept that people’s aspirations for retaining control over our own benefit system are gradually being eroded? It is extraordinary that back in 2014, the then Deputy Prime Minister said that he could not understand

“why it is possible under the current rules for someone to claim child benefit for children who aren’t even in this country.”

That was his view then, but he seems to have resiled from even that.