§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will give his Department's estimate of the number of people in receipt of state old-age pensions who are also in receipt of(a) housing benefit and (b) income support for each year since 1980; and what he estimates the figure will be for 1994–95. 694WThe Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking about the amount recovered, under Section 22 of the Social Security Act 1989, from damages paid to victims of industrial injury in Durham since 1989.Firstly, I should explain that the information is not available in the precise format requested. This is because information held is by Benefits Agency (BA) Districts whose boundaries do not correspond exactly with those of counties. I have, however, provide below information relating to the BA Districts of North and South Durham which most closely cover the Durham area.The Recovery Scheme did not begin to operate until September 1990 and the amount recovered for the period September 1990 to March 1991 is £862.00From April 1991 to March 1992 the amount was in the region of £30,000; from April 1992 to March 1993 it was £558,000.The total amount recouped for the period April 1993 to the latest date that figures are available, December 1993, is in the region of £733,000.I hope this reply is helpful.