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Child Trust Fund

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount spent on advertising Child Funds was in each financial year since their introduction. (83501)

Advertising for the Child Trust Fund began in January 2005.

The total media spend on advertising the Child Trust Fund (including media buying fees and excluding VAT) was as follows:

Financial Year

Spend (£ million)

2004-05

3.2

2005-06

5.9

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children were eligible to receive a voucher for a child trust fund in each financial year since their introduction. (83572)

The Child Trust Fund became operational from the start of 2005-06 and all children born on or after 1 September 2002 with a child benefit award are eligible. The number of children eligible, by complete financial year, to receive a Child Trust Fund voucher is in the table.

Financial year

Eligible children (Thousand)

2002-03

395

2003-04

687

2004-05

680

2005-06

1644

1 Provisional.