§ Mr. Clay
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table similar to those used in the tax benefit model showing net weekly spending patterns for(a) a single person, (b) a couple with two children aged under 11 years with one earner, (c) a couple with two children aged under 11 years with two earners, (d) a lone parent with one child under 11 years old and (e) a lone parent with two children under 11 years in the old tax and benefit system before the 1988 social security changes and in 1990 in the following weekly £10 bands of income from £60 to £170.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The information requested is contained in the published tax-benefit model tables for the years in question, copies of which are available in the Library. I regret that it is not possible to provide an answer to(c), since the hon. Member has not stipulated whether income is gross or net; whether it is just earnings and how it is divided between the two earners. This will affect the amount of income tax and national insurance contributions paid and the amount of income-related benefits to which the family is entitled.