§ Ms Julie Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people in Wales have been in receipt of child care disregard since April 1996; and how many are lone parents. 
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
Our objective is to reduce poverty and welfare dependency and to promote work incentives. Work is the best form of welfare for people of working age.463W
There were around 1,600 family credit awards that included help with childcare made to people in Wales between 1 April 1996 and 30 November 1996, the latest date for which figures are available, Of these 1,400 were lone parents.
Information on families receiving the help through disability working allowance is not available, and housing benefit information will not be available until later in the year.
Family Credit 5 per cent. sample of awards.