§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the average number of hours worked by(a) lone parents and (b) couples who claim (i) family credit, (ii) disability working allowance, (iii) housing benefit and (iv) council tax benefit. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the table.
Family credit and disability working allowance: average weekly hours worked by recipients Family credit Disability working allowance Couples 33.9 28.9 Lone parents 24.9 23.9
1. Data for family credit and disability working allowance, is for October 1995 and January 1996 respectively.
2. Figures for housing benefit and council tax benefit are not available.
1. Family Credit Statistics Quarterly Enquiry October 1995.
2. Disability working allowance 100 per cent. count of claims January 1996.