§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many families in receipt of family income supplement had children of school age in 1980 and 1981; and how many children of school age had parents in receipt of family income supplement in each of those two years.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I regret that information is not available in the form requested. The latest estimates of the numbers benefiting from family income supplement relate to 27 October 1981. It is estimated that, on that date, some 90,000 families in receipt of FIS had about 200,000 children of school age. The corresponding estimates on 28 October 1980 were 63,000 families and 142,000 children.