§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are his estimates of the average difference between actual housing costs and the amount of eligible housing benefit as a result of the proposed Housing Benefit (General) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1996. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The proposed regulations would not have affected housing benefit eligibility as they were intended to import relevant case law into legislation. The representations that have been received indicate that significant amounts of housing benefit may be being paid in respect of personal services in supported accommodation. Sudden removal of this income would cause significant difficulties for vulnerable people in supported accommodation.