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National Insurance

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will update the information given to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) Official Report, 11 July 1978, columns 426–30 on national insurance rates.

The information requested is given in the tables below.Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell) Official Report, 28 July 1977, columns 589–91 on supplementary benefits.

The information for 1977 and 1978 is as follows: The figures for 1976, which were not available at the time of the reply to which the hon. Member refers, may be taken as for the grand total of persons dependent 4,725,000 and, for those in unemployed families 1,427,000, but due to industrial action at unemployment benefit offices, these estimates must be regarded as approximate. Information for 1979 is not yet available.