§ Ms Julie Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how much was spent on income support for lone parents and their children in Wales in the year to 31 December 1997 or the nearest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
Expenditure on Income Support for lone parents and their children in Wales for the financial year 1996–97 is estimated to be £235 million.
This figure is based on the estimated expenditure on lone parents for 1996–97 for Great Britain consistent with the 1997 Departmental Report (£4,205 million) multiplied by an estimate of the proportion of expenditure on lone parents going to lone parents in Wales. This is derived from the Quarterly Statistical Inquiries for the period May 1996 to February 1997.