HC Deb 12 December 1972 vol 848 cc74-5W
36. Mr. William Price

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were receiving social security benefits on the last date for which figures are available.

Mr. Dean

On average the number of social security benefits being paid in any week in 1971 was about 17 million. The number of persons receiving benefits was substantially less because one person may receive two or more benefits, but it is not practicable to make an estimate of their number.