HC Deb 24 June 1974 vol 875 c360W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total amount paid out in supplementary benefits in Northern Ireland in 1973; the number of families receiving supplementary benefits; and the average weekly amount per family.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Supplementary benefits amounting to almost £31 million were paid in Northern Ireland in 1973. On 21st November 1973, 28,433 families were receiving supplementary benefit, with or without a national insurance benefit; the average weekly amount of supplementary benefit per family was £17.71.