HC Deb 29 March 1990 vol 170 c300W
Mr. Cyril D. Townsend

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what would be the current level of child benefit if it had been raised in line with inflation.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

Child benefit was fully introduced from April 1979 at a rate of £4 a week. Increasing that by the movement in the index of retail prices to April 1989 would give a current amount of £8.42.