§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of applications for community care grants have been given a priority of medium or high; and how many applications regarded as of high or medium priority have been(a) fully awarded, (b) partially awarded and (c) not awarded in each year since 1997. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
(holding answer 15 April 2002]: The available information is in the table.
Community care grant awards by priority Year High priority awards Medium priority awards 1997–98 229,000 6,000 1998–99 218,000 7,000 1999–00 215,000 4,000 2000–01 223,000 2,000
Social Fund Policy, Budget and Management Information System
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
2. Figures are for initial awards only.
3. Data on the numbers of applications by priority are not held. It is not practical to collect such data as one application could include requests for high, low and medium priority items.
4. Details of full and partial awards and refusals are not held by priority.