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Volume 931: debated on Thursday 12 May 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the fact that persons with four wives and 12 children are being admitted into Great Britain; and to what extent tax allowances can be claimed for these persons as dependants.

My right hon. Friend is not responsible for the admission of persons to this country. A married man is entitled to claim only one married man's allowance, and, only one wife's earned income allowance. A child tax allowance may be claimed for each child of any legitimate marriage, and for any other child of whom the claimant can show that he has custody and whom he maintains at his own expense.