§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what percentage of pensioner households have been dependent on state pensions and benefits for at least 75 per cent. of their income in each of the last 10 years.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
[holding answer 7 December 1989]: The latest information available in the form requested is taken from the 1986 family expenditure survey. Information up to that date is as follows:
Year Per cent 1979 62 1980 61 1981 61
Year Per cent 1982 61 1983 59 1984 60 1985 58 1986 58
Source: Family Expenditure Survey.
Note: A pensioner tax unit is a single pensioner or a married couple where the man is over pension age.