§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many unitary authorities are failing to make the first payment of housing benefit within 14 days of the completed forms. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is not yet available.
Apart from the Isle of Wight, which commenced unitary status in April 1995, no other new unitary authorities commenced operations before April 1996. The most recent information available centrally is for 1994–95.