§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many(a) men and (b) women receive the jobseeker's allowance in Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
I have been asked to reply.
The information is in the table.
Reforming the welfare state is one of our key priorities. Our welfare to work programme will get young unemployed people, long term unemployed and lone mothers off benefit and into work.
Unemployed Jobseeker's allowance claimants by sex and benefit position: February 1997 Thousand All Men Women All 1,763 1,352 411 Contribution-based JSA 247 163 83
Unemployed Jobseeker's allowance claimants by sex and benefi position: February 1997 Thousand All Men Women Income-based JSA 1,363 1,085 278 No JSA in payment1 153 103 50
1Claimants not entitled to contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or income-based JSA who qualify for national insurance credits. This category also includes claimants who might be entitled to contribution-based JSA, income-based JSA or national insurance credits but has not had this established at the time of the enquiry.
1. Excludes claimants on Government Training Schemes.
2. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
JSA summary statistics: February 1997 QSE.