§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the number of persons living (a) below, (b) on and (c) up to 140 per cent. above the supplementary benefit level for each year since 1972 giving a breakdown between those above and below pensionable age and a further subdivision into family types.
§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish a table showing, at constant 1975 prices, the net weekly income after taking 63W into account tax, national insurance contribution and family allowance/child benefit of a married man with two children aged 6 and 8 years earning 50 per cent., 75 per cent., 100 per cent., 150 per cent., 200 per cent. and 300 per cent. of average male manual earnings in each of April 1975, April 1976 and April 1977, assuming a 15 per cent. increase in prices between April 1976 and April 1977.
§ Mr. Orme
Following is the available information—figures for April 1977 cannot be supplied as average wages, tax allowances and rates of tax at that date are not known.
NET WEEKLY INCOME* AT APRIL 1975 AND APRIL 1976, AT CONSTANT APRIL 1975 PRICES, FOR A MAN WITH DEPENDENT WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN AGED 6 AND 8 YEARS Proportion of male manual workers† average gross earnings
Net earnings at constant April 1975 prices: April 1975
50 26.35 25.79 75 34.39 33.67 100 42.44 41.52 150 59.20 57.26 200 76.76 74.50 300 106.11 102.00 * Gross earnings plus family allowance, less tax, N.I. contributions. † Estimates made by the Department of Health and Social Security based on the average gross weekly earnings of male adult, full-time manual workers as determined by the Department of Employment's October inquiry into the earnings of manual workers employed in manufacturing and certain other industries and the monthly index of average earnings. ‡ Provisional figures.