§ Mr. Sarwar
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many households are in receipt of housing benefit for(a) local authority homes, (b) private rented homes and (c) housing association homes. 
§ Mr. Keith Bradley
The information is set out in the table.
Housing benefit recipients—Great Britain—August 1997 Number Local Authority tenants 2,762,400 Private tenants (excluding Housing Association tenants) 1,039,760 Housing Association tenants 789,500
Recipients may be a single person or a couple.
Housing Benefit Summary Statistics 1997—Update Number 2—available in the Library.