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Household Expenditure

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of average weekly expenditure on housing, rent, rate and water rates by each of a single person, a married couple and couples with each of one, two, three and four children, with incomes equal to average earnings, three-quarters average earnings, two-thirds average earnings and one-half average earnings, assuming in each case households below retirement age; and what percentages of gross incomes these figures represent.

I regret that the information is not readily available in the detail requested. Information on expenditure by different household composition and by income is published in tables 10, 14, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of the Department of Employment's family expenditure survey report for 1978, a copy of which is available in the Library.