HC Deb 20 March 1986 vol 94 c290W
Mr. Frank Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the level at which child benefit would be set if, compared with the 1978–79 level, it were to maintain the increase in tax-free income of taxpayers with children at the same level as that of taxpayers without children.

Mr. Newton

For a married couple with children under age 11, the current level of child benefit would need to be £6.91 a child a week to match the November 1978 level of child benefit (revalued at November 1985 prices) plus child tax allowance at the 1978–79 level increased by a percentage equal to the increase in the tax allowance for married couples without children over the same period.