Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Single Payments on 10th February 1986.
Mr. Meadowcroft Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report comparable statistics on the total amount paid out in single payments to claimants in different areas, based on the smallest convenient geographical areas, and on the most recent convenient dates.
Mr. Major I am arranging for a table, showing the total amounts paid out in single payments by each of the Department’s local offices during the year ended 9 April 1985, to be placed in the Library as soon as possible.
Mr. Meacher Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give, for the most recent month for which information is available (a) the number of single payment awards as a rate per 1,000 claimants and (b) the average single payment to (i) persons under pension age not required to register for work, (ii) persons under pension age required to register for work and (iii) persons over pension age for each social security office.
Mr. Major This information is not immediately available but will be obtained as soon as possible.