asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the value of supplementary benefit for (1) a single householder (2) a couple with no children (3) a couple with two children, both under 5 and (4) a couple with four children, two under 5 and two aged between 5 and 10, as a percentage of average gross industrial earnings and as a percentage of average net industrial earnings in 1974;(2) what was the value of unemployment and sickness benefit as a percentage of average gross industrial earnings and of average net industrial earnings in 1974;(3) what was the value of retirement pensions as a percentage of average gross industrial earnings and of average net industrial earnings in July 1974 and October 1974;(4) what is the level of invalidity allowances, and invalidity pensions, as percen-
|Benefit as a percentage of net average earnings*||Benefit as a percentage of gross average earnings* after deductions for income tax and national insurance contributions|
|Benefit and family size||July 974||October 1974||July 1974||October 1974|
|SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFIT (Scale rates)|
|Couple with no children||29·0||28·1||39·8||38·8|
|Couple with two children under 5||39·2||37·9||50·2||49·1|
|Couple with four children, two under 5, two between 5 and 10||51·6||49·9||63·0||61·7|
|UNEMPLOYMENT/SICKNESS BENEFIT (plus earnings-related supplement)†|
|Married couple with two children||55·6||53·8||71·2||69·6|
|Invalidity Pension plus invalidity allowance at (a) higher rate, (b) middle rate, (c) lower rate:|
|Married couple with two children:|
|* Estimated average earnings of adult male full-time manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries based on the Department of Employment's regular October enquiry.|
|†Earnings throughout relevant income tax year 1972–73 assumed to be at a weekly rate equal to average earnings in October 1972.|
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services What was the value of the married per-son s retirement pension as a percentage of average earnings for the years 1971 to 1974.
The information is as follows:
|RETIRMENT PENSION OF A MARRIED COUPLE AS A PERCENTAGE OF AVERAGE EARNINGS*|
|Year||Retirement pension as a percentage of gross earnings||Retirement pension as a percentage of net earnings†|
tages of average gross industrial earnings and of average net industrial earnings in ( a) July 1974 and ( b) October 1974.
The information requested is given in the table below:
* Average earnings of male adult, full-time, manual workers in manufacturing and certain other industries as determined by the Department of Employment's regular October enquiry.
† Earnings after deduction of tax and national insurance contributions.