HC Deb 25 January 1984 vol 52 c601W
Mr. Gordon Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will provide the latest figures available for (a) the numbers claiming supplementary benefit, (b) the total number dependent on supplementary benefit, and (c) the number of children dependent on supplementary benefit.

Dr. Boyson

At August 1983, the latest date for which information is available, there were 4.3 million people in Great Britain claiming supplementary benefit. The total number of people dependent on supplementary benefit was 7.2 million, including 1.9 million dependent children.

Source: Quarterly statistical inquiry.