§ 26. Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the cost of social security spending on welfare was on(a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 May 2000. 
§ Mr. Rooker
Real terms spending on social security benefits and their administration and on Working Families Tax credit in 1999–00 is estimated to be £103.7 billion. The equivalent figure for 1996–97, the last year of the previous Government, is £104.1 billion.