To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland are in receipt of council tax benefit, broken down by local authority. 
The available information is in the table.
|Council Tax Benefit recipients in Scotland by local authority— November 2002|
|Local Authority||Council Tax Benefit Recipients|
|Argyll and Bute||7,780|
|Comhairle nan Eilean Siar||2,970|
|Dumfries and Galloway||12,400|
|Perth and Kinross||8,490|
1. The data refer to households claiming Council Tax Benefit which may be a single person, a couple or a family. More than one benefit household can live in one property, for example two or more adults in a flat or house share arrangement.
2. Local authority figures are rounded to the nearest 10; the total for Scotland is rounded to the nearest thousand. Figures do not sum due to rounding.
3. The totals include estimates for local authorities that have not responded. These estimates are based on historical and regional data. This type of estimate is standard practice in reporting totals where there have been non-respondents.
4. Figures exclude any Second Adult Rebate cases.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Management Information System Quarterly statistical enquiry, November 2002.