§ Mr. Chris Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will list the total number of individuals claiming housing benefit in each of the past five years; 
(2) if he will list the total sums of money paid in housing benefit in each of the past five years. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is set out in the table. 379W
Housing benefit recipients and expenditure for Great Britain Year Recipients Thousands Financial year Expenditure £ million 1991 4,030 1991–92 5,100 1992 4,326 1992–93 6,375 1993 4,533 1993–94 7,793 1994 4,650 1994–95 9,193 1995 4,734 1995–96 10,253
1. Figures for number of recipients is taken from count made on last working day of May for each of the given years. Figures refer to benefit units which may be a single person or a couple.
2. Expenditure figures for 1995–96 are the estimated outturn. Figures for other years are outturn.
3. Sources of data: Housing Benefit Management Information System and the 1995 departmental report.