§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for(a) 1960, (b) 1970, (c) 1980 and (d) the latest year, the number of single people with children who work and pay tax; and if he will estimate the numbers below the tax threshold.
§ Mr. Lilley
In 1989–90 an estimated quarter of a million working lone parents pay tax and about the same number are in work, but below the tax threshold. Estimates are based on the 1987 family expenditure survey and are provisional. Figures for the earlier years are not available.