HC Deb 11 January 1977 vol 923 c446W
28. Mr. Peter Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether applications for child benefit are proceeding satisfactorily.

Mr. Orme

Claims have not come in as fast as we had hoped: about 1¾ million claims had been made by the end of last year out of nearly 3 million expected from families with one child. Families with more than one child getting allowances do not have to claim. It is important that one-child families who have not yet claimed do so now, so that claims can be cleared in time for the start of the scheme in April.