§ Mrs. Castle
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what figure the family allowance of £1 for the first child would have to be increased in order to maintain the same overall level of family support if the proposed increase in child tax allowances were to be reduced from £60 to £30 per child.
§ Mr. Ennals
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 18th June 1976; Vol. 913, c. 298], gave the following corrected information:
If the proposed increase in child tax allowances were reduced from £60 to £30 a child the saving to the Exchequer would be £150 million. Assuming such a sum were available to defray the net Exchequer cost of increasing the proposed new benefit for first children it would enable the gross rate to be increased from £1 to £1.75.
The saving to the Exchequer was previously wrongly stated as £250 million.