Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Single Payments on 18th April 1986.
Mr. Gordon Brown Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the latest estimate of the cost of payments made under the single payments regulations in 1985-
Mr. Major Figures for the full financial year 1985-
As announced on 24 February 1986 by my hon. Friend the Minister for Social Security in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-
Mr. Gordon Brown Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the figure for the average payment made under the single payments regulations for claimants taking up a new tenancy; and what he estimates will be average payment in 1987.
Mr. Major The annual statistical inquiry contains information about the average amount of single payments for specific items but does not separately identify payments for furniture to those taking up tenancies for the first time. I regret therefore the information requested is not available.