§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total spending on the child care allowance(a) during 1995–96 and (b) since its introduction. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
Information is not yet available for the full financial year 1995–96, or for the expenditure on the child care disregard in housing benefit and council tax benefit. Expenditure in family credit and disability working allowance is provisionally estimated at £17.8 million between introduction of the disregard in October 1994 and February 1996. The latest date for which information is available.