HC Deb 10 November 1967 vol 753 cc209-10W
Mr. Scott

asked the Minister of Social Security what total amounts of social security benefits were paid to the families of dockers on unofficial strike in Liverpool for each week in September and October, 1967; and what number of payments was involved.

Mrs. Hart

Assuming the hon. Member's Question relates to Supplementary Benefit paid, the following is the information requested:—

Week ending Number of payments of Supplementary Benefit to families of strikers Total amount of payments
19th September* NIL NIL
26th September NIL NIL
3rd October 3,349 21,477
10th October 4,455 26,796
17th October 5,090 31,086
24th October 5,374 32,793
28th October 5,048 31,316
Total 23,316 £143,468
* The strike commenced on 18th September.

Mr. Scott

asked the Minister of Social Security what was the total amount paid in social security benefits to families of strikers in the last two years; and what proportion of this went to the families of those on unofficial strike.

Mrs. Hart

I assume the hon. Member is referring to payments of National Assistance in the period up to 28th November, 1966 and of Supplementary Benefit thereafter. Payments of these benefits for the families of men involved in trade disputes of all kinds amounted to £223,583 in the two years ending 30th September, 1967, the latest date for which full information is available. A separate figure of the amount paid in unofficial disputes is not available.