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Home Helps

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what was the average hourly pay for home helps in each of the years 1974 to 1984 in Northern Ireland;(2) how the average hourly pay for home helps in Northern Ireland relates to the average hourly pay for

(a) full-time female manual workers and (b) full-time male manual workers in each of the years 1974 to 1984;

(3) what has been the real percentage change in the average hourly rate of pay for home helps in Northern Ireland in each of the years 1974 to 1984 measured against the retail pay index;

(4) if he will make a statement on the recent report of the joint working group on the home help service in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the future of the service;

(5) what has been the total number of recipients of the home help service in Northern Ireland for each of the years 1974 to 1984;

(6) what has been total expenditure, in real terms, on the home help service in Northern Ireland for each of the years 1974 to 1984;

(7) what has been the real cost of the home help service, in Northern Ireland, per recipient for each of the years 1974 to 1984;

(8) what percentage increase there has been in (a) the total number of recipients and (b) the total real expenditure on the home help service in Northern Ireland between 1974 and 1984.