§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of people in Wales living in poverty; what plans he has to reduce this figure; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
No Government of any political persuasion have ever accepted that it is possible to define poverty in a meaningful way.
Statistics on patterns of household disposable income, for the United Kingdom as a whole, are provided in "Households Below Average Income 1979–1992/93", a copy of which is in the Library of the House. Information for Wales is not available separately.