§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Lewes constituency on income support claimed this benefit for(a) less than three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six to 12 months, (d) one to two years and (e) more than two years, in (i) May 1997 and (ii) May 2001. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
[holding answer 16 January 2002]: The available information is in the table. The data are based on a 5 per cent. sample and are subject to a degree of sampling error. Figures of less than 500 are subject to a high degree of sampling variation and should only be taken as a guide.
Income support recipients in the Lewes parliamentary constituency by duration—May 1997 and Mar 2001 Duration of claim May 1997 May 2001 Under 3 months 200 300 3 to under 6 months 200 100 6 months to under 1 year 300 300 1 year to under 2 years 400 500 2 years and over 2,400 2,300 All cases 3,500 3,500
- 1. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and are subject to a degree of sampling variation. Figures of less than 500 are subject to a high degree of sampling variation and should only be used as a guide.
- 2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.
- 3. Based on constituency boundaries as at May 1997.
Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries, May 1997 and May 2001.