HC Deb 15 May 1918 vol 106 c372W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the advisability of extending the children's allowance to taxpayers who have up to £1,000 a year and perhaps over four of a family under sixteen years, in view of the fact that this income is equal only to £500 before the War and that such taxpayers have schooling fees to pay; and, if not willing to extend this generally, will he grant it to professional men, who have been so hard hit by the War?


As the hon. Member is aware, Clause 28 of the current Finance Bill provides for the extension of the total income limit for the children allowance from £700 to £800, as compared with the pre-war limit of £500. Moreover, the amount of the allowance is now £25, as compared with the pre-war figure of £10. In existing circumstances I cannot see my way to extend this relief further.