§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will (a) bring up to date the net weekly spending power figures published in reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk North on 18 January, Official Report, c. 65, after the Budget proposals have come into effect and with updated assumptions for rent, rates, and so on, and (b) make comparisons in each example with the net weekly spending power when entirely dependent on supplementary benefits and related support.
§ Mr. Newton
My hon. Friend knows that we have undertaken to publish this information in theOfficial 304W Report once a year. This was most recently done on 18 January last, and I could not justify the considerable expense involved in updating and republishing it again now. We also publish at six-monthly intervals model tax-benefit tables, which are placed in the Library of the House, which include all the information my hon. Friend requests. The next edition will be published shortly, and I will send him a copy.