§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many claimants of income support are in receipt of part-time earnings at the level of the earnings disregard, where the disregard is(a) £5, (b) £10 and (c) £15. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is set out in the table.
Claimants/partners with part-time earnings Number of cases with earnings Part-time earnings of £5 per week 5,000 Part-time earnings of £10 per week1 nil Part-time earnings of £15 per week 3,000
Income support quarterly inquiry, August 1995.
1 There is no disregard at this level at the material date.
1. There are no cases on the August 1995 inquiry where both the claimant and partner have earnings of £5 each. Where a claimant and their partner are both working and have been in receipt of benefit for less than two years, they qualify for a £5 disregard on both sets of earnings.
2. The figures are rounded to the nearest thousand. Due to rounding, totals may not sum.
3. Part-time earnings includes cases with self-employed earnings, and may be the claimant's earnings, their partners, or both.