§ Mr. Burnett
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the average eligible rent for housing benefit and the average housing benefit awarded to single people under 25 years under(a) previous scheme rules, (b) the local reference rent and (c) the single room rent, for the quarters ending February 1997 and May 1997. 
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is set out in the tables.
Estimated eligible rent for single people aged under 25 claiming housing benefit for accommodation in the private sector (excluding Housing Associations)—Great Britain—provisional February 1997 £ Assessed under previous scheme rules 55.60 Assessed under local reference rent scheme 49.10 Assessed under single room rent scheme 43.00
Comparable figures for May 1997 are not yet available.
Source: Return from a representative sample of local authorities.446W
Eligible rent and housing for single people aged under 25 claiming housing benefit for accommodation in the private sector (excluding Housing Associations) and assessed under single room rent scheme —Great Britain May 1997 £ Eligible rent 40.30 Average housing benefit 37.80
1. Comparable figures for February 1997 are not available
2. Average housing benefit figure for single people under 25 and assessed under other schemes are not routinely collected.
Source: Quartely 100 per cent. counts