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Child Benefit

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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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.

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.