§ Mr. Best
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, further to his answer dated 19 November to the hon. Member for Anglesey, what would have been the amount payable to a married couple with two children with a record of average earnings in January 1982 if earnings-related supplement had not been abolished and if there had been no abatement and no alteration of child dependency additions, expressing this both in cash terms and at May 1979 prices.
§ Mrs. Chalker
On the assumption that neither section 1 nor section 4 of the Social Security (No. 2) Act 1980 had been enacted, and that child dependency additions were at the same rate as in May 1979, the amount of unemployment benefit plus child benefit would have been £69.25. On the basis of the October 1981 index of retail prices figure the equivalent in terms of May 1979 prices would be £49.23.