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Awards of family credit in Scotland for 1992-93, broken down by    

family                                                             

type and the percentage who received family credit for (a) 26      

weeks                                                              

only, (b) 52 weeks only and (c) more than 52 weeks.                

Number of weeks    |Couples        |Lone parents                   

                   |Per cent.      |Per cent.                      

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26 weeks only      |60.57          |51.19                          

52 weeks only      |27.11          |32.64                          

More than 52 weeks |12.32          |16.17                          

                   |---            |---                            

Total              |100            |100                            

                   |---            |---                            

Notes:                                                             

1. The figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of family credit  

recipients as at 1992-93.                                          

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many and what percentage of all Scottish children aged (a) under five years and (b) five to 15 years from two-parent families were in families which were in receipt of family credit in (i) 1992-93 and (ii) 1993-94 ;

(2) how many and what percentage of all Scottish children aged (a) under five years and (b) five to 15 years from lone-parent families in Scotland were in families which were in receipt of family credit in (i) 1992-93 and (ii) 1993-94.

Mr. Hague : The information for 1992 is in the table. Figures for 1993-94 are not available.


Children in Scotland in families in receipt of family credit<1>           

                              |Two parent|One parent|All                  

                              |families  |families  |families             

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Number                                                                    

Aged under 5 years            |16,260    |8,940     |25,200               

Aged 5 to 15 years            |34,220    |30,320    |64,540               

                                                                          

Percentage                                                                

Aged under 5 years            |6.0       |16.8      |7.7                  

Aged 5 to 15 years            |5.7       |29.4      |9.2                  

                                                                          

Total children in Scotland<2>                                             

Aged under 5 years            |273,147   |53,194    |326,341              

Aged 5 to 15 years            |595,818   |103,253   |699,071              

<1> Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of family credit recipients 

as at June 1992.                                                          

<2> Figures obtained from the General Register Office for Scotland as at  

June 1992.                                                                

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many couples in Scotland claimed family credit in (a) 1992-93 and (b) 1993-94 ;

(2) how many lone parents in Scotland claimed family credit in (a) 1992-93 and (b) 1993-94.

Mr. Hague : The information requested is not available. Information on the number of recipients of family credit in 1992 and 1993 is in the table.


A

Number of Family Credit cases in Scotland                        

             |Two parent  |One parent  |All families             

             |families    |families                              

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May 1992     |21,860      |25,100      |46,960                   

May 1993     |24,660      |32,180      |56,840                   

Notes:                                                           

These figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample of family credit 

recipients as at May 1992 and May 1993. Information on claims is 

not available.                                                   

Ms Walley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the take-up rate by women claiming family credit enhanced payments of £28 for the purpose of child care payments in respect of working mothers.

Mr. Hague : We expect that the take-up rate of those eligible for the maximum help with child care costs of £28 a week in family credit will be virtually 100 per cent.


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Pensioners (Fuel Bills)

Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will tabulate the financial assistance available to each category of retirement pensioner in respect of value added tax on fuel bills.

Mr. Hague : The information is in the table.


Category of pension |Weekly amount of                       

                    |extra help towards                     

                    |VAT on fuel<1>                         

                    |£                                      

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A                   |0.50                                   

B                   |0.50                                   

B (lower rate)      |0.20                                   

C                   |0.20                                   

D                   |0.20                                   

<1> Relates to standard rates of pension.                   

Invalidity Benefit

Mr. Kevin Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many new applications for invalidity benefit have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in the Doncaster district in each of the last 12 months.

Mr. Hague : The information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if the transitional arrangements for people who are receiving invalidity benefit will also apply to people who do not receive benefit but have an underlying entitlement to invalidity benefit at the point of change.

Mr. Hague : There will be transitional arrangements for those people entitled to invalidity benefit when it is replaced by incapacity benefit in April 1995. The arrangements will apply to people entitled to, but not receiving, invalidity benefit at the point of change.

Local Government Legislation

Mr. Vaz : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the Acts of Parliament and Consolidation Acts affecting local government that have been introduced by his Department since 1990.

Mr. Hague : The following Acts of Parliament affect local authorities either as employers or as administrators of social security benefits :

Social Security Act 1990

Social Security (Contributions) Act 1991

Statutory Sick Pay Act 1991

The Social Security and Benefits Act 1992

The Social Security Administration Act 1992

Disability (Grants) Act 1993

Social Security Act 1993

Pension Schemes Act 1993

Statutory Sick Pay Act 1994

Social Security (Contributions) Act 1994

These Acts were Consolidated Acts and were handled by the Lord Chancellor's Department.

Incapacity Benefit

Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the estimated costs to his Department of bringing forward entitlement to long-term incapacity benefit to the first day of incapacity for people who are terminally ill.


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Mr. Hague : We estimate that this would cost around £3 million per annum.

Notes :

Estimate expressed in 1993-94 prices, and net of offsetting changes in income related benefit expenditure.

Ms Jowell : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what steps he intends to take to ensure appropriate assessment of the needs of people with mental illness who may be eligible for incapacity benefit.

Mr. Hague : We are seeking the advice of a number of experts in mental illness in designing the new, more objective medical test as it relates to the particular problems of people with mental illness. The proposed arrangements will be evaluated over the summer. When the new test is applied to a person with a diagnosis of mental illness, information and advice will be sought from the claimant's doctors. This will include the claimant's psychiatrist, if one is involved in the case.

Claimant Families

Dr. Godman : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total number of claimant families in Scotland in (a) 1992-93 and (b) 1993-94.

Mr. Hague : Information is not available in the precise form requested as it is only available on a regional basis for certain benefits. Information on benefit recipients for 1993 is not yet available for some benefits. Such information as is available is in the tables.

Further information on the numbers claiming social security benefits for Great Britain as a whole can be found in the Social Security Departmental Report, Cm 2513, a copy of which is in the Library.


Benefit                      |Number to       |Year ending                      

                             |nearest thousand                                  

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(a) 1992-93                                                                     

Child benefit                |619,000         |December 1992                    

Community charge benefit     |142,000         |May 1992                         

Family credit                |47,000          |May 1992                         

Guardians allowance          |<1>239          |December 1992                    

Housing benefit              |145,000         |May 1992                         

Income support               |143,000         |<2>May 1992                      

Invalidity benefit           |16,000          |4 April 1992                     

Maternity allowance          |2,000           |4 April 1992                     

One parent benefit           |92,000          |December 1992                    

Retirement pension           |1,000           |March 1992                       

Severe disablement allowance |1,000           |4 April 1992                     

Widows benefit               |7,000           |March 1992                       

                                                                                

(b) 1993-94                                                                     

Disability working allowance |<1>115          |May 1993                         

Family credit                |57,000          |May 1993                         

Guardians allowance          |<1>247          |December 1993                    

Income support               |146,000         |<3>May 1993                      

Retirement pension           |1,000           |March 1993                       

Widows benefit               |7,000           |March 1993                       

<1> Exact figures.                                                              

<2> Annual enquiry.                                                             

<3> Quarterly enquiry.                                                          

Notes:                                                                          

1. Claimant families have been interpreted as families with dependent children. 

2. Housing benefit and community charge benefit recipients may receive other    

benefits. Families include dependents under age 17.                             

3. Income support families include dependents under age 19.                     

4. Invalidity benefit and severe disablement benefit only include families with 

child dependency increase in payment.                                           

Asylum Seekers

Lady Olga Maitland : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the cost to the Exchequer of giving social security and benefits and other benefits to those who are also seeking political asylum.

Mr. Hague : The estimated annual cost of paying income support to asylum seekers is £102 million. Records are not held on their claims to other benefits.

Source : Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiry, May 1993.

Lady Olga Maitland : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many applicants there are currently seeking political asylum ; and how many are also successfully claiming social security.

Mr. Hague : At the end of February 1994 the estimated number of applications for asylum outstanding was 47,100. The number of asylum seekers claiming income support was 37,000 in May 1993, the latest month for which statistics are available.

Source : Home Office

Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiry, May 1993

Pensioner Households

Mr. Luff : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his Department's estimate of the number of households containing both individuals of pensionable age and other individuals not of pensionable age.

Mr. Hague : In 1990-91--the latest year for which information is available--an estimated 680,000 households contained both persons over pension age and persons under pension age.

This estimate derives from the 1990-91 family expenditure survey.

Social Fund

Mr. Hanson : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will review the exclusion from payments by the social fund with respect to medical, surgical, optical, oral or dental items.

Mr. Hague : The social fund does not provide for these items which are primarily the responsibility of the national health service. There are no plans to review the current arrangements.


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Disability Living Allowance

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many people over the age of 60 years receive (a) the higher rate and (b) the lower rate mobility component of the disability living allowance ; and what is the latest estimate of the number of people aged over 60 years entitled to claim the mobility component of disability living allowance who do not do so.

Mr. Hague : The numbers of people over the age of 60 years who receive the higher and lower rate mobility components of disability living allowance are 424,000 and 19,000 respectively.

Information is not available on the number of people aged over 60 who are entitled to claim the mobility component of disability living allowance but do not do so.

Note :

Source : DSS Analytical Services Division. Based on a 5 per cent. extract of payload at 30 November 1993.

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what proportion of people over the age of 60 in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance use it under the motability scheme towards the cost of hiring or buying a car.

Mr. Hague : The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Expenditure

Sir David Knox : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security in what year rate rebates, community charge benefit and statutory sick pay started to be counted as part of the public DSS departmental expenditure.

Mr. Hague : Expenditure on rate rebates, community charge benefit and statutory sick pay have been included in DSS departmental expenditure figures since 1982-83, 1989-90 and 1990-91 respectively.

Pensioners' Income

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of pensioner couples receive income of at least (a) £30 and (b) £89.90 a week from (i) an occupational pension, (ii) income from savings and (iii) both occupational pension and income from savings.

Mr. Hague : The information is in the table :


Income                                       |£30 or   |£89.90 or          

                                             |more     |more               

                                             |Per cent.|Per cent.          

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Occupational pension                         |42       |20                 

Income from savings                          |31       |13                 

Occupational pension and income from savings |58       |33                 

Note:                                                                      

Estimates are based on data drawn from the Family Expenditure Survey for   

1990-91 and the Government Actuary's Department's Survey of Occupational   

Pension Schemes.                                                           

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of recently retired single pensioners receive income of at least (a) £20 and (b) £56.10 a week from (i) an occupational pension, (ii) income from savings and (iii) both occupational pension and income from savings.


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Mr. Hague : The information requested is in the table :


Income                                       |£20 or   |£56.10 or          

                                             |more     |more               

                                             |Per cent.|Per cent.          

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Occupational pension                         |42       |18                 

Income from savings                          |27       |14                 

Occupational pension and income from savings |57       |34                 

Notes:                                                                     

1. Estimates are based on data drawn from the Family Expenditure Survey    

for 1990-91 and the Government Actuary's Department's Survey of            

Occupational Pension Schemes.                                              

2. Recently retired single pensioners are defined as women aged 60-64 and  

men aged 65-69.                                                            

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of single pensioners receive income of at least (a) £20 and (b) £56.10 a week from (i) an occupational pension, (ii) income from savings and (iii) both occupational pension and income from savings.

Mr. Hague : The information requested is in the table :


Income                               |£20 or   |£56.10 or          

                                     |more     |more               

                                     |Per cent.|Per cent.          

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Occupational pension                 |31       |13                 

Income from savings                  |21       |10                 

Occupational pension and income from                               

   savings                           |46       |24                 

Note: Estimates are based on data drawn from the Family            

Expenditure Survey for 1990-91 and the Government Actuary's        

Department's Survey of Occupational Pension Schemes.               

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of recently retired pensioner couples receive income of at least (a) £30 and (b) £89.90 a week from (i) an occupational pension, (ii) income from savings and (iii) both occupational pension and income from savings.

Mr. Hague : The information requested is in the table :


Income                               |£30 or   |£89.90 or          

                                     |more     |more               

                                     |Per cent.|Per cent.          

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Occupational pension                 |47       |23                 

Income from savings                  |35       |14                 

Occupational pension and income from                               

   savings                           |63       |37                 

Notes:                                                             

1. Estimates are based on data drawn from the Family Expenditure   

Survey for 1990-91 and the Government Actuary's Department's       

Survey of Occupational Pension Schemes.                            

2. Recently retired pensioner couples are defined as those in      

which the husband is aged 65-69.                                   

Mr. Bowden : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the proportion of pensioners receiving income from savings identified as (a) all pensioners, (b) single male pensioners aged under 75 years, (c) single female pensioners aged under 75 years, (d) pensioner couples aged under 75 years, (e) single female pensioners aged 75 years or over, (f) single male pensioners aged 75 years or over and (g) couples where at least one partner is aged 75 years or over, and the median amount received.


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Mr. Hague : The information requested is in the table :


Pensioner group                          |Proportion     |Median                         

                                         |receiving      |weekly                         

                                         |income         |amount                         

                                         |from           |received by                    

                                         |savings        |those in                       

                                                         |receipt                        

                                         |percentage     |£                              

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(a) all pensioners                       |75             |9.00                           

(b) single male pensioners under 75      |69             |13.50                          

(c) single female pensioners under 75    |71             |5.10                           

(d) pensioner couples under 75           |83             |11.20                          

(e) single female pensioners, 75 or more |71             |4.70                           

(f) single male pensioners, 75 or more   |75             |9.60                           

(g) couples where at least one is 75 or                                                  

    more                                 |84             |9.20                           

Notes:                                                                                   

1. These estimates derive from the Family Expenditure Survey for 1990-91. The amounts    

are at January 1991 prices.                                                              

2. Pensioner couples are those where the husband is over state pension age.              

Rent Rebates

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the latest proportion of total expenditure on rent rebates, in percentage and cash terms, paid to tenants with weekly rents of (i) £20 and under, (ii) up to £30, (iii) up to £40, (iv) up to £50, (v) up to £60, (vi) up to £70 and (vii) £70 and over.

Mr. Hague : The latest available information is in the table.


Rent rebate   |Proportion of              

ranges of     |housing                    

eligible rent |benefit                    

(£ per week)  |expenditure                

May 1992<1>                               

              |Per cent.                  

------------------------------------------

<2>50p-£20    |4                          

£20.01-£30    |41                         

£30.01-£40    |34                         

£40.01-£50    |11                         

£50.01-£60    |5                          

£60.01-£70    |2                          

Above £70     |3                          

Data source: The housing benefit          

management information system annual 1    

per cent sample of May 1992.              

Notes:                                    

1. Details of rent paid are not available,

 therefore, the information relates to    

the amount of rent eligible for housing   

benefit.                                  

2. Housing benefit is not payable below   

50 pence per week.                        

3. The percentages cannot be correctly    

applied to expenditure figures to produce 

cash amounts.                             


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Consultants

Mr. Milburn : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 23 March, Official Report, column 334, if he will list the firms of consultants employed by his Department and the number of contracts they have undertaken.

Mr. Hague : I have arranged for such information as is available to be placed in the Library.

Computer Systems

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what computer systems his Department has brought in for what function, and at what cost for each of the last five years ; and in each case whether the computer system is still in use.

Mr. Hague : The Department meets its information technology requirements through the services of the Information Technology Services Agency.

The key systems brought in during the last five years were delivered under the framework of the operational strategy. The cost of individual operations cannot be accurately disaggregated. Information on the work carried out by ITSA is available in its business plans which are held in the Library.

Savings Disregard

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Eastham) of 14 March, Official Report , column 479, if he will now raise the savings disregard to £4,000.

Mr. Hague : The level of the capital disregard is kept under review, but there are no current plans to increase it.

Turker Ahmet

Ms Ruddock : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when the hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford will receive a reply to her letter of 7 March concerning Turker Ahmet.

Mr. Hague : A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 8 April.

The Growth of Social Security"

Sir David Knox : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will recalculate table 2 of "The Growth of Social Security", excluding rate rebates and community charge benefit, and including the cost of child tax allowances in 1978 to 1989.

Mr. Hague : The information requested is in the table.


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Annual average real growth rates in benefit expenditure<1> 1978-79 to 1992-93               

                          |1978-79 to|1978-79 to|1983-84 to|1986-87 to|1989-90 to           

                          |1992-93   |1983-84   |1986-87   |1989-90   |1992-93              

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Total benefit expenditure |3.5       |4.8       |3.5       |-2.3      |7.6                  

Contributory              |1.6       |2.2       |2.3       |-1.9      |3.5                  

Non-contributory          |6.4       |9.3       |5.2       |-3.0      |12.8                 

<1> Based on table 2 in "The Growth of Social Security" excluding rate rebates and          

community charge benefit, and including the cost of child tax allowances.                   


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Service Pay

Mr. Wiggin : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how the Child Support Agency justifies including the X factor in service pay when assessing serving personnel.

Mr. Hague : The X factor forms part of the basic pay for all members of the armed forces, irrespective of rank or location. The Child Support Act 1991 defines earnings as any remuneration or profit received from employment, including any bonus, commission, royalty or fee. This clearly includes the X factor, which is, therefore, taken fully into account in the calculation.

Income Support

Mr. Steinberg : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many recipients in each age group will become eligible for top-up payments to bring them up to the income support level after 11 April ; and what will be the cost to public funds.

Mr. Hague : As income support is an income-related benefit, which provides financial help to people who are not in full-time work to bring their income up to a level prescribed by Parliament, it is often paid to top up other income received by claimants. More than half those claiming income support have other income--such as benefits, maintenance, part-time earnings, notional income from capital--taken into account when assessing their entitlement to benefit. The most recent information that is available is in the table. Only the recipient's income has been used to produce the table. Income from partners or dependants has not been counted.


Income support recipients average IS by age                                          

Recipients with other income brought to account                                      

Age of recipient |Number of       |Total weekly    |Average                          

                 |cases           |IS (£)          |weekly IS (£)                    

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16-19            |52,000          |2,800,000       |52.77                            

20-29            |523,000         |35,600,000      |67.97                            

30-39            |462,000         |36,900,000      |80.00                            

40-49            |232,000         |18,600,000      |79.98                            

50-59            |124,000         |8,700,000       |70.21                            

60-69            |296,000         |10,500,000      |35.61                            

70-79            |505,000         |15,000,000      |29.74                            

80 and above     |676,000         |37,000,000      |54.75                            

All cases        |2,871,000       |165,100,000     |57.52                            

                                                                                     

Notes:                                                                               

1. Numbers of cases have been rounded to the nearest thousand, total IS amounts to   

the nearest hundred thousand pounds. Average amounts of IS are correct to the        

nearest penny.                                                                       

2. Figures may not sum to the totals given due to rounding.                          

3. An IS recipient may have a partner's or dependent's income taken into account in  

the assessment. Such income has not been used in compiling the table above; only the 

recipient's income has been counted.                                                 

4. Source: Income Support Statistics Quarterly Enquiry, May 1993.                    

Mr. Rooker : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many recipients of income support who were studying less than 21 hours per week had benefit withdrawn under (a) availability for work criteria or (b) actively seeking work criteria in the latest year for which he has information ; and how many such students had benefit restored after appeal.

Mr. Hague : The information is not available.


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Rents

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of expenditure on rent allowances, in percentage and cash terms, was paid to tenants with weekly rents of (a) £20 and under, (b) up to £30, (c) up to £40, (d) up to £50, (e) up to £60, (f) up to £70, (g) up to £80, (h) up to £90, (i) up to £100 and (j) £100 and over.

Mr. Hague : The latest available information is in the table.


Rent allowance       |Proportion                               

ranges of                                                      

eligible rent (£ per |of housing                               

week)                                                          

May 1992<1>          |benefit                                  

                     |expenditure                              

                     |Per cent.                                

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50p to £20<2>        |3                                        

£20.01 to £30        |14                                       

£30.01 to £40        |23                                       

£40.01 to £50        |18                                       

£50.01 to £60        |11                                       

£60.01 to £70        |8                                        

£70.01 to £80        |5                                        

£80.01 to £90        |5                                        

£90.01 to £100       |3                                        

Above £100           |9                                        

Data source:                                                   

The Housing Benefit Managment Information System Annual 1 per  

cent. sample of May 1992.                                      

Notes:                                                         

1. Details of rent paid are not available, therefore, the      

information relates to the amount of rent eligible for housing 

benefit.                                                       

2. Housing benefit is not payable below 50p per week.          

3. The percentages cannot be correctly applied to expenditure  

figures to produce cash figures.                               

Housing Benefit

Mr. Malcolm Bruce : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total sum of rents determined as reasonable for housing benefit subsidy for the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Scott : The total sum of rents determined as reasonable by the rent officer service for housing benefit subsidy for the 1992-93 financial year for England and Wales is £2.245 billion.

The information in the form requested is not readily available for Scotland.

Note : Figure quoted rounded to nearest million.

Source : Rent officer statistics (first quarter 1993 and financial year 1992-93) Department of the Environment.


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