§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claimants of income support are currently having money deducted from their benefit to pay back loans from the social fund; and what is the average weekly repayment per borrower. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The latest available information is set out in the table.
Date Number of income support claimants who have Social Fund repayments deducted Average weekly payment £ February 1995 1675,000 6.43
1 The figure provided has been rounded to the nearest 1,000.
Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiry February 1995.