§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources his Department is devoting to monitoring the effects of the recent social security changes on the Province.
§ Mr. Needham
The effects of the social security reforms are being monitored in the main using the wide range of data derived from the Department's management, expenditure and statistical returns. This involves a substantial staff effort, but it is not possible to provide a reliable estimate of the cost.