§ Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the numbers 219W of persons drawing supplementary benefit who are retirement pensioners, widows, widowed mothers, chronic sick, unemployed, and others not in the foregoing categories, respectively, giving the percentage which each group represents of the total of all beneficiaries, all figures to the nearest convenient date in 1969.
§ Mr. Pentland
The figures available are given in the following Table:—
Persons drawing supplementary benefit. May 1969 Number Percentage of total Retirement Pensioners 1,670,500 62 Widows (other than widowed mothers) 95,000 4 Widowed Mothers 25,400 1 Sick (all types) 327,400 12 Unemployed 223,300 8 Others 353,900 13 Total 2,695,500
Note: Payments may cover the needs of more than one person.