§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for Social Fund loans have been(a) refused, (b) fully awarded and (c) partially awarded yearly since 1997. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
The available information is in the tables.
Social fund Thousands Year Total number of awards Partial awards included in previous column Refusals Budgeting loans 1997–98 916 319 494 1998–99 935 315 442 1999–2000 1,017 533 647 2000–01 1,145 661 531 Crisis loans 1997–98 803 628 230 1998–99 866 690 247 1999–2000 939 746 336 2000–01 930 746 342
1. The figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
2. The figures do not include awards on review.
3. Comparison of the award figures should only be used as a guide as the award figures and partial award figures are taken from different tables in the Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System and are counted different stages during the claim process.
4. Following the introduction of the new Budgeting Loan scheme in April 1999 there has been an increase in the number of partial awards as individual applicants are limited to a maximum available amount.
Annual Reports by the Secretary of State on the Social Fund 1997–98 to 2000–01.
Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System.