§ 33. Mr. George Jeger
asked the Minister of National Insurance whether he will take steps to extend the payment of family allowances so as to include the first child.
§ Mr. Jeger
Is the Minister aware that this answer will cause considerable disappointment in my constituency where a number of people were misled into voting for my opponent in the last Election owing to the fact that his election address contained a pledge that a Conservative Government would extend the family allowance to the first child? Is the Minister further aware that my opponent received the blessing and commendation of the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Home Secretary who, I am quite sure, will be equally disappointed?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Does the right hon. Gentleman say that there was no suggestion by the Conservative Party that there might be a readjustment of subsidies and an increase in family allowances, and are we to understand from his answer that the Government are going to have second thoughts on this subject also?
§ Air Commodore A. V. Harvey
Would it not be more helpful if hon. Members opposite made it quite clear that it was not the Labour Government who brought in family allowances in the first place?