§ Mr. Winnick
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the number of those of working age receiving supplementary benefit in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) the Walsall area, the numbers in May 1979 and the percentage difference in the three groups.
§ Mr. Major
The information is as follows:
(thousands) May 1979 Latest available date Percentage increase United Kingdom 1,215 3,155 160 (February 1985) Midlands region* 204 584 186 (July 1985)
May 1979 Latest available date Percentage increase Local offices situates in Walsall 6.4 21.5 236 (July 1985)
Source: United Kingdom figures:
Quarterly statistical inquiries. Midland region and Walsall figures: 100 per cent. count of cases in action at local offices.
* Figures are for whole Midlands region, since the West Midland social security region no longer exists.