§ Mrs. Dunwoody
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the number of claimants for family credit in(a) Crewe and Nantwich and (b) Cheshire for each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The administration of family credit is a matter for Peter Mathison, chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody, dated 17 July 1996:
The Secretary of State for Social Security has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking if he will list the number of claimants for Family Credit (FC) in (a) Crewe and Nantwich and (b) Cheshire for each of the last five years.
The information is not available in the format requested. The FC computer system holds records of the total number of claims received, awarded and disallowed on a national basis. Statistics are available which provide the number of families in receipt of FC within a BA office area on a given date. These offices do not correspond to constituency boundaries or to specific geographical areas.
Details relating to FC claims are normally destroyed after 18 months, therefore the information is available from 1993 only. The statistics available are shown in the attached Annex.
I hope you find this reply useful.624W
Families in receipt of Family Credit at that date Date of Scan BA office-Crewe Cheshire 20 August 1993 1,393 13,895 15 April 1994 1,455 14,686 10 November 1994 1,563 15,553 13 April 1995 1,676 16,252 10 November 1995 1,785 17,503 16 February 1996 1,862 18,164 7 June 1996 1,966 19,380
Figures are provisional and subject to amendment. The BA office at Crewe includes details for Nantwich.
Cheshire covers the following BA officesi:-Chester, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Hyde, Macclesfield, Manchester-Sale, Northwich, Stockport, Warrington, Widnes and Wilmslow.
Whilst these offices will primarily deal with their relevant part of the Cheshire County, they may also service parts of neighbouring counties. It is not possible to separate the figures presented and exclude any customers in receipt of Family Credit in those other countries.