§ Mr. MacShane
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total cost for each of the last five years of benefit payments made to employed claimants earning(a) less than £4,000 per annum, (b) £4,000 to £6,000 per annum and (c) £6,000 to £8,000 per annum. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The available information in respect of the in-work benefits is in the tables. Annual earnings figures are not available. The tables provide information on benefit costs for claimants in weekly earnings bands corresponding approximately to the annual amounts requested, as recorded at the time of claim.