HC Deb 18 December 1996 vol 287 c757W
Mr. Alan Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate he has made of(a) the cost and (b) the numbers expected to gain from the introduction of the child maintenance bonus. [8867]

Mr. Andrew Mitchell

It is estimated that in the first year—1997–98—some 40,000 parents with care will qualify for a bonus at a cost of around £5 million.