§ Q34. Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Prime Minister what proportion of mothers are electing to continue weekly child benefit.
§ The Prime Minister
Nearly 3.9 million mothers have so far chosen to continue to receive child benefit weekly. It will be some time before the overall proportion of mothers choosing to stay on weekly payment is clear, but a special check of the first batch of order books containing option cards shows that after 19 weeks about 65 per cent. of those mothers have opted for weekly payments.