§ Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to the number and percentage of people in ethnic minorities who are below the poverty level; what are the comparable figures for those who are not members of ethnic minorities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Portillo
This Government, like Governments, do not accept that a poverty line can be drawn. No information on ethnic minorities is contained in the national census, the annual family expenditure survey or DHSS administrative statistics.