§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the latest available figures for the number of (a) one-parent families headed by a woman, (b) one-parent families headed by a man and (c) two-parent families who rely on (i) state benefits, (ii) earnings from employment, (iii) maintenance payments and (iv) other items as their main source of income.
§ Mr. Whitney
The latest available figures for the "Family Expenditure Survey 1981" for Great Britain, are:
Main source of income One parent families headed by: Two parent families Woman Man State benefits 450,000 30,000 500,000 Earnings from employment 280,000 80,000 5,630,000 Maintenance payments 80,000 — — Other items 10,000 — 10,000
All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10,000 and are subject to sampling error.