Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits on 13th January 1986.
Mr. Skinner Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many persons received
(a) unemployment benefit and (b) family income supplement in (i) 1979-
Mr. Major Information is not available for the whole of the periods requested, but is available for November of each year. The figures for November in the financial years requested are given in the table:
Benefit Type | November 1979 | November 1984
Unemployment Benefit | 467,000 | 896,000
Family Income Supplement | 77,000 | 200,000