§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons were subject to the wage stop at a given date during each month since November, 1971; and of these how many in each case were wage-stopped by less than £1, £l—£2, £2—£3, and over £3 per week.
§ Mr. Dean
Following is the information for November, 1971:
Supplementary benefit claimants subject to wage-stop Total 23,200 Amount of wage-stop less than £1 10,400 Amount of wage-stop £1 but less than £2 6,800 Amount of wage-stop £2 but less than £3 3,200 Amount of wage-stop £3 or more 2,800 Comparable information for each subsequent month is not available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
In March, 1972, 17,400 claimants were subject to wage-stop and it is currently estimated that the total is approximately 10,000.