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One-Parent Families

Volume 959: debated on Thursday 30 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many one-parent families are included in each of the groups I, III, IV, V and VI of the table in paragraph 2.5 of the Department of Health and Social Security's report"Social Assistance ".

A detailed breakdown of the number of one-parent families in each of these groups of recipients of supplementary allowances can be obtained only from the annual special inquiry. The latest available figures from this source are for 30th November 1977, when the numbers in each group were as shown in the table below.

I regret that information is not readily available about the number of women appellants to supplementary benefit appeal tribunals and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.The current composition of the three panels from which the members of these tribunals are drawn is as follows:

TotalWomen
Chairman31456 (18 per cent.)
Workpeople's representatives.1,199234 (20 per cent.)
Other members1,224460 (38 per cent.)