HC Deb 25 October 1973 vol 861 cc623-4W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of exceptional circumstances additions for each year since 1964.

Mr. Dean

Following is the information requested:

1964 1,095,000
1965 1,157,000
1967 594,000
1968 527,000
1969 471,000
1970 445,000
1971 425,000
1972 482,000

The figures for 1964 and 1965 relate to discretionary additions under the national assistance scheme. From 1966, exceptional circumstances additions were given only in short-term cases, or in long-term cases where the extra expense was not covered by the long-term addition introduced for this purpose. The declining totals between 1967 and 1971 broadly reflect the disappearance of anomaly additions paid during the transition from one scheme to the other. Statistics were not collected during 1966.

Mr. Leadbitter

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the rates of basic retirement pensions for single persons and married persons, respectively, as a percentage of the average household incomes for the years 1970, 1971 and 1972; and how these compare with the latest available figures.

Mr. Dean

The information is given in the following table. The average household income figures are taken from the Family Expenditure Survey for the relevant year.