HC Deb 19 March 1985 vol 75 c447W
Mr. Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many families are currently in receipt of child benefit payments from his Department; what proportion of the total number of families in the United Kingdom this figure represents; what is the current annual cost of child benefit; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitney

About 6.9 million beneficiaries in Great Britain, close to 100 per cent. of those eligible, receive child benefit and the estimated cost for 1984–85 is £4.3 billion.