Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits (Age Limit) on 1st April 1987.
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has about the age at which young people are entitled to claim social security payments on their own behalf in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other OECD countries.
Mr. Major In all countries social security payments under contributory benefits schemes depend primarily on the individual's contribution record, which is normally a function of length of time in covered employment. The minimum age for the payment of contributions to the United Kingdom national insurance scheme is 16.
Payment of non-
In the United Kingdom child benefit continues to age 19 if the young person is in non-