§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report (a) the most recent figures for the number of families claiming family income supplement and (b) the latest estimate of the proportion of families eligible who claim family income supplement.
§ Mr. Whitney
At the end of September 1984, the latest date for which figures are available, 207,000 families were receiving family income supplement. The latest estimate of the proportion of eligible families who take up FIS is derived from the 1981 and 1982 family expenditure surveys data and there is nothing I can add to the reply by my right hon. Friend to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, Central (Mr. Grist) on 12 June 1984, at column460.