HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc211-2W
81. Sir W. Bromley-Davenport

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants have had a second wife admitted to the United Kingdom on the grounds that such a a marriage is legal; and to what extent the second legal wife will benefit as far as the receipt of child allowances, Income Tax allowances, National Assistance and other social security benefits are concerned.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The immigration statistics do not distinguish wives of polygamous marriages. I understand that the tax allowance for a married man and an entitlement to supplementary benefit are the same whether the man has one or more wives; but the Supplementary Benefits Commission have power to take account of special circumstances in particular cases. National Insurance benefits on a husband's insurance are payable only to the wife of a monogamous marriage. For family allowances, children are normally regarded as being in the mother's family; but, if they can be treated as legitimate issue of the father, they qualify for allowances in either the father's or the mother's family, not both.