HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 c253W
Mr. Nicholas Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will update to April 1990 the information provided in the reply of 28 November 1988 to the hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett),Official Report, columns 93–94, relating to child support, giving figures in columns (g) and (h) in September 1989 prices.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Although upratings of benefit are calculated by reference to the movement in the index of retail prices to September, comparisons in the value of benefits are more meaningful if made at general uprating dates. The figures requested as at April 1989 were given in the reply of 6 November 1989 to the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Clay) at columns459–60.