HC Deb 04 March 1963 vol 673 cc3-4W
34. Dr. Bray

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance for what reasons he does not pay dependency benefits to the unemployed for children over the age of 18 undergoing full-time education, who are not receiving adequate educational maintenance grants, in view of the fact that more prosperous parents with children in the same circumstances qualify for Income Tax allowances for their children.

Mrs. Thatcher

For the purposes of the family allowances and national insurance schemes there has to be some point at which a young person ceases to be treated as a child, and age 18 was adopted as the highest practical limit that could be fitted into the framework of the schemes. Rights to benefits for children, as to other insurance benefits, are, of course, determined without regard to the parents' means.