asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the total of cash paid to Service men's families by the Supplementary Benefits Commission during the last convenient 12 month period.
Supplementary benefit is not payable to Service men and others in full-time work. As I explained in my reply to the hon. Member for Wallasey (Mrs. Chalker) on 3rd May, a very small number of Service men may be receiving family income supplement but the number cannot be quantified. I regret that it is not therefore possible to make the estimate requested.—[Vol. 949, c. 140–1.]