§ Mr. Weir
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment to a landlord in respect of housing benefit for a one-bedroom property was in(a) Angus, (b) Edinburgh, (c) Glasgow, (d) Aberdeen, (e) Dundee, (f) Newcastle, (g) Leeds and (h) London in each of the last five years. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
The available information is in the table.
Housing benefit expenditure (£ millions) Angus Scotland 1995–96 —1 907 1996–97 10 967 1997–98 12 1,014 1998–99 13 1,039 1999–2000 14 1,054 1 Not available.
1. Data for Angus relate to the Angus council area. This unitary authority was created on 1 April 1996 and comparable data are not available for the previous year.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest £ million.
3. Figures are consistent with those published in the Chancellor's Budget Report, April 2002.
Final audit returns made by local authorities to DWP.