§ Mr. Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 29 November 1999,Official Report, column 54W, in each of the last 12 months, how many (a) existing beneficiaries have chosen to switch to automated credit transfer (ACT) as a proportion of those claiming each of the benefits payable by ACT and (b) new claimants as a proportion of those claiming each of the benefits payable by ACT have chosen to use ACT. 
§ Mr. Rooker
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the table.598W
Information on the number of existing claimants who have chosen to switch to Automated Credit Transfer (ACT) is not currently available. Overall growth in the number of claimants choosing ACT increases by approximately 3 per cent. annually.
The proportion of new claimants choosing ACT for the year ending 30 August 1999 Benefit ACT take-up percentage Attendance Allowance 26 Child Benefit 54 Disability Living Allowance 33 Income Support 10 Incapacity Benefit 39 Retirement Pension and Widows Pension 48 War Pensions 50
Figures are not currently available for Jobseeker's Allowance and Invalid Care Allowance