§ Mr. Clay
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will specify the figure referred to in his reply to the hon. Member for Sunderland, North on 21 January,Official Report, column 848, as being used for the calculation of the element of income support levels for April 1988 in consideration of water charges.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
As explained in paragraph 5 of the explanatory notes to "The Impact of the Reformed Structure of Income Related Benefits", the calculations were based on the actual water charges paid by claimants (suitably uprated) where these were recorded in the annual statistical inquiry, and on an uprated average value of £1.65 per week for other cases in the sample.