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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Supplementary Benefit on 27th October 1986.


Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of pensioners who would now qualify for supplementary benefits if it were not for the payment of occupational pensions.

Mr. Major The best estimate which we can give, based on information from the family expenditure survey, is that in 1984 some 1.1 million pensioners would have qualified for supplementary pension if they had not been in receipt of an occupational pension.