HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 c122W
Mr. McKay

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation enabling foster parents to receive an allowance in respect of adopted or foster-children in cases where no guardians' allowance can be claimed under the National Insurance Scheme, in view of the fact that foster-parents are relieving public authorities or charities of a financial liability.

Mr. R. A. Butler

As the hon. Member recognises, a guardian's allowance under the National Insurance Acts may be paid in certain circumstances to an adoptive parent or a foster parent, or there may be entitlement to family allowance under the Family Allowances Acts; and local authorities have power to pay boarding-out allowances in respect of children in their care.

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance and I do not think that further provision need be made.

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