HC Deb 28 June 1988 vol 136 cc204-5W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many 16 and 17-year-olds in(a) each regional authority in Scotland and (b) Britain were in receipt of (i) income support and housing benefit, (ii) housing benefit only and (iii) board and lodgings payments for each year since 1984.

Mr. Portillo

[pursuant to his reply, 14 June 1988, c. 178]: The numbers of 16 and 17-year-olds in receipt of housing benefit only are not available. The numbers in receipt of supplementatry benefit who are householders or receiving board and lodging payments in each of the years 1984, 1986 and 19871 are as follows:

1984 1986 1987
House-holders2 Boarders House-holders2 Boarders House- holders2 Boarders
Scotland3 1,000 2,000 1,000 1,000 2,000 1,000
Great Britain 9,000 12,000 11,000 9,000 14,000 7,000

Source: Annual Statistical Enquiries, 1984, 1986, 1987. All figures rounded to the nearest thousand.

1 Figures for 1985 are not available.

2 A householder normally received both supplemantery benefit and housing benefit.

3 Figures in respect of individual regional authorities are not available.

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