§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will list for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available how much(a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax relief has been claimed by men aged between 60 and 64 years. 
Modernising the Social Security system to reduce poverty and welfare dependency and to promote work incentives is one of this Government's key priorities.
The available information is in the tables.
Income support £ million Year Income support 1987–88 n/a 1988–89 n/a 1989–90 435.9 1990–91 442.7 1991–92 504.5 1992–93 559.9 1993–94 618.3 1994–95 646.3 1995–96 649.4 1996–97 661.6
Income Support Annual Statistical Enquiries May 1989–May 1992. Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries May 1993–May 1996.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit £million Year Housing Benefit Council Tax Benefit 1994–95 223 64 1995–96 218 59
Housing Benefit Management Information System and Departmental Report.
1. Figures are estimated.
2. Figures are not available for years prior to 1994 because no data were held which identified recipients by gender.