§ 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.