§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of administration of family allowance in each year since 1979 until the most recent date for which figures are available; and what was the total cost of family allowance in each year.
§ Mr. Newton
Family allowance was replaced by child benefit in 1977. The figures below refer to child benefit and one-parent benefit, which replaced family allowance in 1977.348W
Year Administration cost Benefit cost Total cost £ million £ million £ million 1979–80 61 2,830 2,891 1980–81 64 3,005 3,069 1981–82 88 3,448 3,536