§ Mr. John
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what would be (a) the gross and (b) the net cost of extending widowed mother's allowance on a non-contributory basis to all single parents, assuming abolition of one-parent benefit and taking into account savings on means-tested benefits, revenue from taxation of the benefit and recovery of maintenance from liable relatives; how many people would be removed from eligibility for supplementary benefit and family income supplement as a result; and what would be the corresponding figures for a benefit paid at the same rate as non-contributory invalidity pension.
§ Mr. Newton
I shall let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.