HC Deb 20 July 2000 vol 354 c273W
Mr. Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security where the 1998–99 Households Below Average Income Statistics was available to(a) hon. Members and (b) the public on the day it was published. [131523]

Mr. Bayley

On 13 July, copies of "Households Below Average Income" were placed in the library. Copies of all departmental publications are available to hon. Members on request.

Copies were on sale to the public directly from the publisher. Volumes were also available for reference in the library of the Office for National Statistics.

Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his oral answer of 17 July 2000,Official Report, column 7–8, if he will identify the specific results from his Department's Households Below Average Income report on which he based his statement that the proportion of pensioners living in poverty was the same in 1998–99 as in the last year of the previous Parliament. [131582]

Mr. Bayley

I refer the hon. Member to the table on Page 135 of "Households Below Average Income 1994–95 to 1998–99". This shows that the proportion of pensioners living below a threshold of 60 per cent. of median income, after housing costs, remained static at 27 per cent. between 1996–97 and 1998–99.

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