§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish figures similar to those given in reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, [Official Report, 27 February, c. 452] showing benefits as percentages of net earnings in 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1979 and 1980, assuming normal former earnings equal to half and three-quarters of average male manual earnings.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I regret that the information sought by my hon. Friend is not readily available and the cost of obtaining it, for the earnings levels specified would be disproportionate.