asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what latest estimate he has made of the cost of increasing child benefit from £4 to £5 a week in 1980–81.
Of the order of £570 million.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish details of the rates of child benefit schemes operated in European Economic Community countries; and how they compare with the British scheme.
The rates of such allowances payable in each member State of the European Community at 1 January 1979 are set out in the "Comparative Social Security Tables for Member States of the European Communities" published by the Department. A copy is available in the Library of the House.