HC Deb 01 July 1986 vol 100 c492W
22. Mr. Tony Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to the definition of poverty used by the international organisations concerned with social questions of which the United Kingdom is a member.

Mr. Whitney

For the purposes of their action to combat poverty the Council of the European Community defined "the poor" as persons, families and groups of persons whose resources (material, cultural and social) are so limited as to exclude them from the minimum acceptable way of life in the member states in which they live.