HC Deb 02 April 1985 vol 76 c578W
Mr. Hayes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the latest figures available for (a) the number claiming supplementary benefit and (b) the total number dependent on supplementary benefit; and how many of the latter were children.

Mr. Whitney

At December 1983, 4.3 million people were in receipt of supplementary benefit for themselves and their dependants, totalling 7.2 million people of whom 1.8 million were children.