§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security which office is responsible for the new claims visits in the Bolton area; and what has been the performance record of that office. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
This is a matter for Peter Mathison, the chief executive of the Benefits Agency. He will write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Mathison to Mr. Peter Thurnham, dated 31 October 1996:The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking which office is responsible for the new claims visits in the Bolton area; and what has been the performance record of that office.The office responsible for the New Claim Visits in the Bolton area is the Bolton District office which also covers the surrounding areas of Little Hulton, Kearsley and Horwich and includes a Branch office at Farnworth. The figures provided are for Bolton District.Up to the 30 September 1996 the Bolton District had undertaken 1644 visits against a target for the year of 4350. As a result of these visits the office has achieved savings of £1,264,051.00. Their saving target for 1996/97 is £2,511,221.00. The figures are provisional and subject to change.I hope you find this reply helpful.