To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many of those individuals in a family headed by a lone parent where household income after housing costs is below half the national average are (a) in benefit units receiving income support, (b) in benefit units not receiving income support but receiving one parent benefit, (c) in benefit units where the head works 16 hours per week or more or (d) in benefit units receiving family credit, housing benefit or council tax benefit. 
In 1995–96, an estimated 2.4 million individuals in Great Britain were in a family headed by a lone parent where household income after housing costs was below half the national average. Of these individuals, it is estimated that:
Households Below Average Income (HBAI).
1. The data come from the Department's Households Below Average Income(HBAI) series, based on the Family Resources Survey (FRS and covering Great Britain. The FRS data was used to achieve a large enough sample size to provide the information. All results are subject to sampling error.
2. The income measure used is weekly net (disposable) equivalised household income. The definition of income used follows that in the published HBAI series for FRS based results.