BUSINESS QUESTION – BENEFITS FOR BIGAMY – 21 February 2008

Dr Julian Lewis: Given that the Government wisely distanced themselves from the suggestions about incorporating sharia law made by my old school friend, the Archbishop of Canterbury – that is the name-dropping bit – may we have a statement on consistency from whichever Minister it was who approved the decision to pay benefits in respect of multiple marriages and polygamous partners provided those arrangements were contracted abroad before people came to this country?

[The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (Helen Goodman): I understand that it is untrue to suggest that husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits; the welfare benefits date back to 1987.]