§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claimants of(a) supplementary benefit, (b) supplementary pension and (c) income support there were in each constituency of the county of Tyne and Wear in May 1979 and at present.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The information is not available in the form requested. However, it is possible to identify the number of claimants in the categories above in the three local offices serving the Tyne and Wear area:
11979 21991 (a) Supplementary Benefit3 27,910 4— (b) Supplementary Pension 14,910 4— (c) Income Support 4— 39,620 1 Data derived from Quarterly Statistical Enquiry of 15 May 1979. 2 Data derived from 28 February 1991 count of cases in action, which include a number where payment has ceased but other action is continuing. Data is provisional and subject to amendment. 3 Includes Supplementary Pension cases quoted at line (b). 4 Not applicable.