§ 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.