HC Deb 29 July 1988 vol 138 cc816-7W
Mr. George

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much has been spent by his Department in each of the past five years on social science research; what percentage this constitutes of total departmental expenditure and of the Department's research budget; and how much of the research has been undertaken(a) within his Department, (b) by universities and polytechnics and (c) by independent research organisations.

Mr. Ridley

[holding answer 28 July 1988]: The figures for expenditure on research for 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86 and 1986–87 are as follows:

of individuals in the manner of his answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing), 16 June, Official Report, column 279.

Mr. Scott

The information requested is set out in the table:

Increases in real average incomes of individuals in households 1979 to 1985
(Adjusted for family size and composition, before housing costs)
Family type Below 10 per cent. Above 90 per cent.
Married pensioner 2 16
Single pensioner 5 11
Married with children 13 17
Married without children 4 20
Single with children 5 21

Family type Below 10 per cent. Above 90 per cent.
Single without children 15 16
All family types 6 18
Notes to table
1. Further details on methods and assumptions can be found in "Households Below Average Income: A Statistical Analysis, 1981–85", copies of which are in the Library. Also relevant is "Low Income Statistics—Report Of A Technical Review", May 1985, which is also in the Library.
2. Household income is defined after the payment of any income tax and national insurance and the receipt of any social security benefits. Individuals within households have been ranked by their (equivalent) household income.

Mr. Gordon Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing the increase in real income between (i) 1981 and 1983 and (ii) 1983 and 1985 for tables A1,3; C1,3; D1,3 and F1,3 from "Households Below Average Income: A Statistical Analysis".

Mr. Scott

[holding reply 22 June 1988]: A note has been placed in the Library.

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