§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give for his Department's offices at Cumbernauld(a) the number of single payment applications and (b) the number granted in each week for the first three months of the current year.
§ Mr. Portillo
The Department has only one office in Cumbernauld. Information in the form requested is not collected and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Figures are however collected for the numbers of decisions made on single payment claims which represent full or partial awards of supplementary benefit in respect of the items claimed, and the numbers of decisions to refuse payment. These are given in the table for the first three complete four-weekly statistical periods in 1988. The figures are provisional and subject to revision.
Full awards Partial awards Refusals Value £ 13 January to 9 February 644 35 299 42,864 10 February to 7 March 1,127 30 576 79,627 8 March to 8 April1 919 27 315 69,150 1 Statistical period lengthened to align with the end of the supplementary benefit scheme.