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Child Benefit

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of total real spending on (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credit and (c) child trust funds for each year since 1990-91 using 2004-05 prices; what estimate he has made of likely spending in 2006-07 in 2004-05 prices; and if he will make a statement. (101280)

Total real spending of (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credit and (c) child trust fund, using 2004-05 prices for the years requested are tabled as follows.

£ billion

Child benefit

Child tax credit

Child trust fund1

1990-91

7.3

1991-92

7.9

1992-93

8.3

1993-94

8.7

1994-95

8.6

1995-96

8.6

1996-97

8.8

1997-98

8.7

1998-99

8.7

1999-2000

9.7

2000-01

9.8

2001-02

9.8

2002-03

9.8

2003-04

9.7

9.1

2004-05

9.6

11.1

2005-06

9.5

12.1

0.8

2006-07

0.2

1 Government endowments.

For 2006-07, expenditure on child benefit is expected to be similar to that in 2005-06. No separate forecast is available for child tax credit.