HC Deb 26 March 1974 vol 871 cc75-6W
Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she has any immediate plans to increase family allowances as a measure towards abolishing family poverty; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. O'Malley

No. Our efforts in this field will be directed towards the development and introduction of a new system of child cash allowances; these allowances, payable to the mother, will be in respect of each child, including the first.