§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many(a)families and (b) children in (i) the UK and (ii) Cheltenham have ceased to live below the poverty threshold since 1997; 
(2) how many (a) families and (b) children in (i) the UK and (ii) Cheltenham he estimates are living below the poverty threshold. 
§ Mr. Pond
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend, the Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley) on 8 January 2004,Official Report, column 462W.