§ Ms. Quin
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will supply figures for the number of people claiming family credit for each district authority in the counties of(a) Cleveland, (b) Cumbria, (c) Durham, (d) Northumberland and (e) Tyne and Wear; and if he will indicate in each case what percentage this represents of the total eligible to claim family benefit.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
Information is available only in relation to the Department's own local office areas. The latest available information about the number of families receiving family credit who at the time their awards were made were living in the areas covered by the local offices in the counties concerned is as follows.
Number Ashington 661 Barrow in Furness 482 Berwick upon Tweed 277 Bishop Auckland 929 Blyth 713 Carlisle 701 Chester-le-Street 360 Darlington 855 Durham 691 Eston 208 Gateshead 1,172 Hartlepool 815 Hexham 343 Houghton-le-Spring 294 Jarrow 307 Kendal 296 Middlesbrough 1,264 Newcastle upon Tyne (West) 443 Newcastle (St. James) 796 Newcastle upon Tyne (East) 899 North Shields 683 Penrith 246 Peterlee 264 Redcar 396 Seaham 196 South Shields 555 Stanley 649 Stockton 1,075 Sunderland (North) 1,442 Sunderland (South) 695 Wallsend 428 Whitehaven 299 Workington 422
Information about the total numbers of families eligible for family credit can be obtained only for Great Britain as a whole, and only retrospectively, from family expenditure survey data.