HL Deb 12 October 1994 vol 557 c118WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many children are dependent on income support in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland; and what percentage of those under 16 each of these figures represents.

1. Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish

The information is in the table.

Number of children in income support and percentage of population under 16
Number Percentage
England 2,552,000 25.7
Wales 163,000 27.1
Scotland 251,000 24.3


Source: Income Support Statistics Annual Enquiry May 1993. Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys. Estimated resident population at mid-1993.

2.Figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand and percentages to one decimal place.