§ Sir Ian Gilmour
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what percentages of supplementary benefit/income support recipients were mortgagors in(a) 1980, (b) 1985 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The following numbers and percentages of supplementary benefit/income support recipients had an amount for mortgage interest added in their benefit assessment for the years in question:
1980 11986 1990 Number 134,000 356,000 310,000 Percentage of all income support recipients 4 7 7
Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand and whole per cent.
1 No Annual Statistical Enquiry was produced in 1985.