§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the child poverty levels in the Portsmouth, South constituency were in(a) 1997 and (b) 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
Poverty is a complex multidimensional issue, affecting many aspects of children's lives—including income, health, housing, the quality of their environment and opportunities to learn. There is therefore no single measure of 'child poverty levels' in the Portsmouth, South constituency.