§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his 703W estimate of the number of families, other than pensioner families, who are in receipt of supplementary benefit in Northern Ireland; and what percentage of the total population of Northern Ireland this figure represents.
§ Mr. Alison
In November 1979, the latest date for which figures are available, about 26,400 claimants in this category, with 81,400 dependents, were in receipt of supplementary benefit. The total number of claimants and dependants represented 7 per cent. of the total population of Northern Ireland.