§ Mr. Peter Robinson
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last two years.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
It is not possible to provide the information requested as the number of recipients is continuously changing. The total number of people in receipt of housing benefit in Northern Ireland on a given date in each of the last two years is as follows:
Number(rounded) March 1984 192,900 March 1985 189,600