§ 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.