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 The Archbishop of York The Archbishop of York Bishop 2:49 pm, 26th January 2016

My Lords, I hope that the family test recognises that poor families come in different shapes and sizes and that there is no intention of pushing a particular policy, of which we saw a little in China. Margaret and I had two children of our own and then fostered two children who came to us at the ages of eight and one and a half. They are now working adults. Had this family test been around, I would have been worried, as Ruth is, because that child would have found it very difficult. Will the Minister assure us that when the family test comes, common sense will prevail, not numbers?