§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the number of people receiving one-parent family allowance in Wales at the latest available date; and what proportion these are of the total number eligible.
§ Mr. Newton
At December 1982, the latest date for which figures are available, 22,800 people were receiving one-parent benefit in Wales. There is no separate estimate for Wales of the total number eligible, but the latest estimate for Great Britain shows that about 70 per cent. of those who stand to gain by claiming one-parent benefit are receiving it.