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Supplementary Benefits

Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list, for each year from 1974 to 1977, the number of families with children and the number of persons in these families living below, on and up to 100 per cent., at 120 per cent., and at 140 per cent. of the supplementary benefit level according to the standard employment status groupings;(2) how many children in each year from 1974 to 1977 were living in families

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a) below, ( b) on and ( c) up to 110 per cent., 120 per cent. and 140 per cent. of the supplementary benefit level; and, in each case, how many of these families had a head in full-time work or self-employed or unemployed;

(3) if he will list in the Official Report the number of persons and families living ( a) below, ( b) on and ( c) up to 110 per cent., 120 per cent. and 140 per cent. of the supplementary benefit level in 1977, according to the standard family and employment status groupings.

The information requested for 1977 will be available later in the year when I would propose to write to my hon. Friend answering her questions. Meanwhile, I draw her attention to the information given in my reply to the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Wainwright) and my hon. Friend the Member for Eton and Slough (Miss Lestor) on 1 August 1978.—[Vol. 955, c. 261–3.]