HC Deb 02 April 1985 vol 76 cc578-9W
Mr. Hayes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the latest figures available for the number of children living in families with at least one unemployed parent.

Mr. Whitney

The latest available figures are derived from the 1981 family expenditure survey. These indicate that there were then 1.2 million dependent children in families where at least one parent had been unemployed for three months or more. Figures for families with shorter durations of unemployment are not readily available.

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