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Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 1 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for tables 5.14 and 5.15 of the latest issue of "Social Trends" the median figure for gross earnings on the horizontal axis and the actual figures and percentages for each category on the vertical axis at that level of earnings.

The information is as follows:

July 1986
Median earnings1

Total income support2

Replacement ratio3 percentage
Family type
Single person (householder)187100·0630
Married couple187107·4245
Married couple with one child (aged 3)187112·1756
Married couple with two children (aged 4 and 6)187117·5264
Married couple with three children (aged 3, 8, 11)187124·6274
Married couple with four children (aged 3, 8, 11, and 16)187131·7286
Single person with one child (aged 3)12578·3356
1 Estimated median earnings at July 1986 for:
adult male full-time employees for all family types except single person plus child
adult, female full-time employees for single person plus child.
2 Net income (including the value of benefits in kind) less housing costs and travel to work expenses— referred to as "net weekly spending power" in Social Trends.
3 Total income support (TIS) out of work and receiving supplementary benefit as a percentage of TIS in work.