HC Deb 13 January 1987 vol 108 c176W
52. Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the number of persons receiving supplementary or housing benefit and the number of such beneficiaries six years earlier.

Mr. Lyell

The information is as follows:

Numbers of recipients (thousands)
Supplementary Benefit
December 1985 4,587
November 1979 2,855
Housing Benefit
Autumn 1985 17,150
Autumn 1979 (England and Wales) 22,684
April 1979 (Scotland) 2374
1Of these, 3,310,000 were also in receipt of supplementary benefit.
2Relates to the rate rebate scheme which preceded the present housing benefit scheme. The figures do not include supplementary benefit claimants receiving help with their rent and rates under that scheme.

Mr. Tony Banks

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in the London borough of Newham have been in receipt of (a) supplementary benefit and (b) housing benefit in each year since 1979.

Mr. Lyell

I shall let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as possible.