Family Test — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:49 pm on 26th January 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour 2:49 pm, 26th January 2016

My Lords, the DWP recommends, in its guidance to other departments on the family test, that they consider publication of any assessment. However, it has rejected calls from family organisations and faith groups that it should do so itself on the policy in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to limit financial support to two children. Could the Minister explain why? Will she commit to routine publication in future, in the interests of transparency and of the explicit family perspective on policy-making that we were promised?