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National Assistance And Supplementary Benefit

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will update, giving data for each relevant year, the answer given to the right hon. Member for Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles (Mr. Steel), Official Report 22nd March 1974, columns 214–6, of the number of claimants for national assistance and supplementary benefit as a percentage of total population.

The information is given in the following table:is the ratio of places per 100 under-fives; and what is the ratio nationally.

There were 459 day nursery places provided by Coventry social services department at 31st March 1978. This is equivalent to a rate of 2·0 places per 100 children under 5, and compares with an estimated rate of 1·0 for England.