HC Deb 09 November 1987 vol 122 cc97-8W
Mr. Barron

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how many claimants are on fuel-direct payments.

Mr. Portillo

In February 1986 there were 178,500 direct payment arrangements for electricity and 132,000 for gas. These figures, which are the most recent available, are taken from the annual statistical inquiry. Some people will have had both their electricity and gas paid directly and will therefore he included in both figures.