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Family Incomes

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will bring up to date the net weekly spending power figures published in reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, on 27 October 1980, Official Report, column 193, after the new benefit rates have come into force later in November and with updated assumptions for rent, rates, and so on.

As my hon. Friend knows, the figures given in parts (A) and (B) of the tables in my reply on 27 October 1980 were updated in April 1981 and included in the April edition of the Tax/Benefit Model Tables. This month's figures will be in the November 1981 edition, which will be published around the end of the year. Copies will be lodged in the Library of the House in the usual way.My hon. Friend will also recall that I could not justify the cost of updating the figures given in parts (C) and (D) of the tables in my reply of 27 October 1980.