HC Deb 10 January 2000 vol 342 c69W
Mr. Robathan

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will estimate the total spending on housing benefit(a) in 1996–97 adjusted for inflation and (b) projected for 1999–2000. [102942]

Angela Eagle

Housing benefit expenditure is expected to fall from £12 billion in 1996–97 to £11.2 billion in 1999–2000 in real terms.