HC Deb 10 March 1981 vol 1000 c288W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish figures similar to those given in reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, [Official Report, 27 February, c. 452] showing benefits as percentages of net earnings in 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1979 and 1980, assuming normal former earnings equal to half and three-quarters of average male manual earnings.

Mrs. Chalker

I regret that the information sought by my hon. Friend is not readily available and the cost of obtaining it, for the earnings levels specified would be disproportionate.