asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of the increase in real terms in expenditure on social security benefits between 1978–79 and 1983–84 is the result of (a) increases in the number of recipients, (b) increases in the value of the benefits and (c) the introduction of new benefits.
I refer the hon. Member to my reply on 22 October 1984, at column 512, to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms. Short.)