A new law banning EU migrants from claiming benefits for children living overseas should be drawn up, a Midland MP has claimed.
Philip Hollobone (Con, Kettering) told the House of Commons he wants to end the "absurd anomaly" which allows taxpayers' cash to be used to pay for offspring who live abroad.
Airing his Ten Minute Bill proposal, he said:
According to Mr Hollobone, as of the end of last year, around 20,400 child benefit payouts had been awarded covering 34,268 children living in other EU states - 0.3 per cent of the total amount of payouts.
He added that he hoped these figures would help convince people to pull out of Europe.
The top six countries to benefit from the payouts were Poland, followed by Ireland, Lithuania, France, Latvia and Spain.