HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 cc536-7W
Mrs. Wise

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many widowers have children under 16 years; and how many of them receive family income supplement.

Mr. Orme

I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. It is estimated that 110,000 men were receiving child benefit at March 1978 and that about 1,000 motherless families were receiving family income supplement at that same date. These estimates include divorcees and separated husbands as well as widowers. The great majority of these men would have children under 16.