Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Poverty (Definition) on 9th December 1985.
Mr. Soames Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what definition of poverty he uses in the context of those policies and programmes for which he is responsible.
Mr. Major There is no single agreed definition of poverty. I would, however, draw my hon. Friend’s attention to the discussion of measures of poverty and their relevance to social security contained in the Green Paper “Reform of Social Security” (Cmnd. 9517) volume 1, paragraph 4.7.