§ 26. Mr. G. Thomas
asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he has considered the communication concerning family allowances paid to widows from the Cardiff District Committee of the Transport and General Workers' Union; and whether he is able to meet the request made in this correspondence.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
This letter raised a paint with regard to the net increase in the payments to widows with young children when family allowances begin to be paid. This is governed by statute and I have no power to alter it.
§ Mr. Thomas
Do I understand then that this anomaly exists, that a widow will lose the benefit of the family allowance while it will go to the family which has an income from the wage earner?
§ Mr. Griffiths
Yes, Sir, that is part of the Bill. My hon. Friend will know that when the full scheme comes into operation there will be other provisions for widows and children.