Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit on 2nd December 1986.
Mr. Wigley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, using the 1983 “Family Expenditure Survey”, how many people fell below supplementary benefit level, were on supplementary benefit and were on incomes up to 140 per cent. of supplementary benefit level in 1983, broken down by family type and economic status; what proportion each group was of the population of Wales; and how this compares with 1979 and 1981.
Mr. Major I refer the hon. Member to my replies to my hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie) on 25 July at columns 711-12 and to the hon. Member for Dunfermline, East (Mr. Brown) on 6 November at column 584.