§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the average level of work expenses taken into account when calculating earnings disregarded for the latest available year.
§ Mr. Whitney
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Members for Thurrock (Dr. McDonald) and for Pontypridd (Mr. John) on 13 June at column559. I regret that there was an error in that reply in that the information about average costs was based on all lone parents in the study who were working and not just on those who incurred work expenses.