Child Poverty

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:28 pm on 28th September 2000.

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Photo of Lord Higgins Lord Higgins Conservative 3:28 pm, 28th September 2000

My Lords, in his statement in Brighton, the Chancellor said that there were

"already 1.2 million children lifted out of poverty".

Will the Minister confirm that that is not correct? More importantly, will she state precisely the Government's definition of child poverty and confirm that that definition should be used in assessing the Government's future efforts to halve child poverty over 10 years?