§ Mr. Lyell
[pursuant to his reply, 10 February 1987, c. 196]: Based on the number of single claimants aged under 18 and the average weekly payment to them on a particular day in December each year, the annual equivalent expenditure was as follows:
Year Expenditure £ million 1982 188 1983 163 1984 191
These figures cannot be regarded as a complete or precise estimate of total expenditure on supplementary benefit to this group of claimants because—
- (a) They take no account of the seasonal variations in the numbers in this group which are likely to arise because of the patterns in school leaving; and
- (b) Only regular weekly payments are covered and not other payments such as single payments for exceptional needs.