§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many lone parents in(a) Inverclyde and (b) Scotland are in receipt of income support; and what the comparable figures were for (i) 1994 and (ii) 1997. 
§ Mr. Bayley
The administration of Income Support is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency, Mrs. Alexis Cleveland. She will write to my hon. Friend.
Letter from Alexis Cleveland to Dr. Norman Godman, dated 18 January 2001:The Parliamentary Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to respond to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many lone parents in (a) Inverclyde and (b) Scotland are in receipt of income support; and what the comparable figures were for (i) 1994 and (ii) 1997.The information available is in the table set out below.
Lone Parents in receipt of Income Support in Scotland, and Inverclyde, August 1994, August 1997 and August 2000 Number of claimants August 1994 Number of claimants August 1997 Number of claimants August 2000 Scotland 97,800 95,000 83,100 Inverclyde Local Authority 1— 2,100 1,700 1 Not available.
- 1. Based on 5 per cent. sample therefore subject to sampling error.
- 2. Lone Parents are defined as single claimants with dependants not receiving the disability or pensioner premiums.
- 3. Cases are allocated to each Local Authority/Government Office Region by matching the postcode against the appropriate version of the 1995 to 2000 Office for National Statistics (ONS) Directories.
I hope this is helpful.