§ Rev. Martin Smyth
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the numbers of people in Northern Ireland in receipt of housing benefit; and how many of these are (a) pensioners, (b) housing executive tenants, (c) low-income recipients not in receipt of supplementary benefit and (d) householders in receipt of supplementary benefit.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The total number of housing benefit recipients at 15 March 1985 was just over 189,600. This included some
- (a) 84,800 pensioners;
- (b) 114,600 Housing Executive tenants;
- (c) 67,400 persons not receiving supplementary benefit, and
- (d) 122,200 householders in receipt of supplementary benefit.