HC Deb 20 July 1982 vol 28 cc139-40W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will make available to the general public the new edition of the yellow book "Law of Supplementary Benefits and the Supplements".

Mr. Newton

The new edition of the "Law Relating to Supplementary Benefits and Family Income Supplements"—the "Yellow Book"—was made available for sale by HMSO on 30 June 1982. The "Yellow Book" is also available for consultation by members of the public at local offices of the Department.

Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the approximate number of persons currently living on supplementary benefit.

Mr. Newton

Our provisional estimate is that in December 1981 there were 6.1 million people dependent in whole or in part on supplementary benefit.

Source: Annual Statistical Inquiry, December 1981.