asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) when he expects to be able to publish "Low Income Families 1983";(2) further to the reply of 12 November to the hon. Member for Suffolk, South (Mr. Yeo),
Official Report, column 161, what is the reason for the delay in publishing the 1983 family expenditure survey.
Preparation of the new estimates has been delayed by pressures of other work and by the effects of the industrial action at Newcastle central office, which held up the processing of some of the data. However I hope that the estimates will be ready for publication early in the new year.