§ Mr. Peter Duncan
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the population in Scotland were in receipt of means tested benefits in(a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
The information is in the tables.
The latest data available for all income related benefits is May 2001. Please note that figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000.
Table 1 All 60 or over Under 60 May 1997: All income related benefits (including FC and DWA)1 Adult beneficiaries (Thousand) 940,000 400,000 540,000 Percentage of relevant population n/a n/a n/a 1 Income related benefits are IS, JSA (IB), HB, CTB, FC and DWA excluding all overlaps between benefits.
Table 2 All 60 or over Under 60 May 1997: Income related benefits (excluding FC and DWA)1 Adult beneficiaries (Thousand) 900,000 400,000 500,000 Percentage of relevant population n/a n/a n/a May 2001: Income related benefits1 Adult beneficiaries (Thousand) 780,000 360,000 420,000 Percentage of relevant population 19.2 33.7 14.0 1 Income related benefits are IS, JSA (IB), HB, CTB, excluding all overlaps between benefits.
For 1997, overlaps with FC and/or DWA have not been considered.
For 2001, overlaps with Working Families Tax Credit and/or Disabled Persons Tax Credit have not been considered.725W
In May 1997: income related benefits were Income Support (IS), Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA (IB)), Housing Benefit (HB), Council Tax Benefit (CTB), Family Credit (FC) and Disability Working Allowance (DWA). However, in October 1999 FC and DWA were replaced as Working Families Tax Credit and Disabled Persons Tax Credit. Therefore, as the figures for 2001 will only include IS, JSA (IB), HB and CTB, figures are provided for May 1997 both including and excluding FC and DWA to enable comparisons to be made.
1. Figures for beneficiaries have been rounded to the nearest ten thousand.
2. Percentages for May 2001 are derived from the mid-2001 ONS population estimates.
Income Support Quarterly Statistical Enquiries, May 1997 and May 2001, 5 per cent. samples.
Jobseeker's Allowance Quarterly Statistical Enquiries, May 1997 and May 2001, 5 per cent. samples.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System, Annual 1 per cent. sample, taken in May 1997 and 2001.
Family Credit Computer System, May 1997, 100 per cent. count of all claims.
Disability Working Allowance Computer System, May 1997, 5 per cent. sample.