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Lone Parents (Income)

Volume 23: debated on Monday 10 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will update to November 1981 the reply given to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, Official Report, 15 January 1981, c. 619, showing net weekly spending power of lone parents in and out of work, and working part-time.

The information requested is set out in the following tables. My hon. Friend will appreciate that the figures relate only to the hypothetical circumstances he has chosen, including the levels of earnings from part-time work.One of the assumptions he asked to be made was that work expenses were £15 a week. This is very high compared with the Department's assumption of work

Statistical information on students and staff in universities, including that to which the hon. Member refers, is collected by the Universities Statistical Record on behalf of the University Grants Committee, which has responsibility for its publication. This information is made available to my Department on request subject to the rules of disclosure in respect of information about small numbers of individuals.