The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1983-1987 Parliament

Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits – 13 January 1986

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) 1979-80 and (ii) 1984-85.

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