§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many claimants of income support for mortgage interest currently receive assistance with loans taken out to facilitate improvements to a property which are reasonable in the circumstances, as set out in paragraph 8, schedule 3 to the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987; 
(2) how many claimants of income support for mortgage interest currently receive assistance under the deserted partner rule as set out in paragraph 7, schedule 3 to the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987; 
(3) how many claimants of income support for mortgage interest currently receive assistance (a) to pay the interest on arrears which have accrued during the first 16 weeks of a claim when only 50 per cent. of the eligible interest is payable, (b) to pay the interest on arrears where a mortgage has a deferred interest payment arrangement for at least a two-year period, (c) where other arrears of mortgage payments have accrued and a standard amount of £2.35 per week is deducted from the claimant's entitlement to income support and (d) the total expenditure in each of these areas. 206W
§ Mr. Roger Evans
A total of 135,000 income support claimants have an amount deducted from their benefit and paid to their lender to help with the clearing of mortgage interest arrears. This does not involve any additional expenditure on income support. The other information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiry, May 1994.
The figure has been rounded to the nearest thousand.