§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the number of people in receipt of statutory sick pay since 1983.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
I regret that the information is not available in the form requested. However, the number of recorded payments of SSP in each year since its introduction is as follows:
Tax year Number of SSP payments (million) 1983–84 5 1984–85 5.7 1985–86 5.9
Tax year Number of SSP payments (million) 1986–87 5.7 1987–88 5.8
Note: These figures relate to employments not people. Where a person has had spells of SSP with more than one employer in a tax year, the spells with each employer will be recorded in the table. Thus the number of people receiving SSP will be less than the figures shown above.