HC Deb 21 January 1981 vol 997 c192W
Mr. Robert Sheldon

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what estimate he has made of the number of non-working spouses who have no dependent children or relatives, who are not incapacitated and who have not reached retirement age.

Mr. Peter Morrison

It is estimated that in 1978 in Great Britain about 1¼ million married women, under retirement age, with no dependent children were neither working nor seeking work. It is not known how many of these were incapacitated or had dependent adult relatives. Corresponding information for married men is not available.