§ Mr. Ralph Howell
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what were the numbers and percentages of(a) women and (b) men in receipt of one-parent benefit (i) in 1979 and (ii) in 1989.
§ 2. Mrs. Gillian Shephard
Before 1981 one-parent benefit was known as child benefit increase. The information requested is set out in the table.
Child Benefit Increase/One Parent Benefit: Male and Female Claimants Women Men Number Per cent. Number Per cent. Total 1979 334,000 87 50,000 13 384,000 1989 637,000 91 60,000 9 698,000
1. Figures are for 31 December of each year and are rounded.
Source Departmental records.