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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been in receipt of supplementary benefit in each of the last five years.

It is not possible to provide the information requested as the numbers of recipients are continuously changing. The total number of people in receipt of supplementary benefit in Northern Ireland on a given date in each of the last five years is as follows:

Number
7 May 1985182,133
8 May 1984176,461
10 May 1983169,434
11 May 1982155,958
17 February 1981*133,965
* Information in respect of 12 May 1981 is not available because of industrial action.