HC Deb 19 January 1987 vol 108 c429W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the average expenditures per week on food for the following supplementary benefits claimants: (a) an adult, (b) a person 16 to 17 years of age, (c) a child 11 to 15 years of age, and (d) a child under 11 years of age as recorded by the "Family Expenditure Survey" in 1984; and what are these average expenditures, adjusted for inflation in 1985 and 1986.

Mr. Major

I regret that the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Dr. McDonald

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the latest available figures for pensioners in receipt of supplementary benefit, households with a child under the age of two years in receipt of supplementary benefit, and households with a chronically sick or disabled person in receipt of supplementary benefit in Thurrock, together with the overall latest available figures for supplementary benefit recipients in Thurrock.

Mr. Lyell

Thurrock is covered for social security purposes by the Department's local office at Grays. The following information only is available about people receiving supplementary benefit from that office otherwise than at disproportionate cost.

Number of pensioners receiving supplementary pension 3,818
Total number of people receiving supplementary benefit 11,723

Source: 100 per cent. count of cases in action on 16 December 1986.

Ms. Richardson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the maternity benefits available in the United Kingdom and all other European Economic Community countries giving (i) the rates at which these are paid, (ii) the duration of payment and (iii) the qualifying conditions for each benefit.

Mr. Lyell

I refer the hon. Member to section I of the Department's publication, "Tables of Social Benefit Systems in the European Communities (Position at 1 January 1986)", a copy of which is in the Library.