§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish the latest figures showing the spending per head on social security benefits in(a) the United Kingdom and (b) Wales.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The information is not available in the form requested. Benefit expenditure in Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Regional breakdowns of current levels of benefit expenditure are not available.
Estimated average spending on social security per head of the population in Great Britain in 1991–92 is about £1,225.