§ 14. Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of lone mothers with dependent children were in work in 1979; and what percentage of lone mothers with dependent children are now in work.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The latest estimates from the labour force survey for autumn 1993 show that 37 per cent. of lone mothers of working age with dependent children were in employment. The equivalent figure for spring 1981 —the earliest date available—is 45 per cent.