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Supplementary Benefit

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 9 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will detail for each year since 1979 the numbers of (a) pensioners and (b) other claimants who have drawn supplementary benefit for five or more years.

The information is as follows:

Supplementary pension claimants (thousands)Supplementary allowance claimants (thousands)
November 19791,053234
December 19801,054251
December 19811,087281
December 19821,090308
December 19831,057348
December 19841,041409
February 19861,026535

Source: Annual statistical inquiries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people, shown by age and marital status, are in receipt of the long-term rate of supplementary benefit for the latest date and for equivalent dates in each of the past 10 years.

I regret that I cannot give the hon. Member all the information that he requests. Such information as can be provided will not be available until the new year. I shall let the hon. Member have a further reply then.