§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of attendance allowance there are broken down by each nation and region as at the 1137W most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will estimate the extent of underclaiming of attendance allowance. 
§ Maria Eagle
The latest available information on the number of people receiving attendance allowance is in the table.
People in receipt of attendance allowance at 31 May 2001 Country and Government Office Region People in receipt Great Britain 1,290,000 England 1,064,500 North East 62,800 North West 178,700 Yorkshire and Humber 112,100 East Midlands 97,300 West Midlands 134,500 East 112,100 London 112,500 South East 130,600 South West 123,900 Wales 95,800 Scotland 129,700
1. All figures rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Estimates of the amount of underclaimed attendance are not routinely made.
Analytical Services Division: 5 per cent. data.