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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the cost of benefits, paid as a result of unemployment in Shrewsbury and Atcham was on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: The available data only allow us to estimate the number of people in a Member of Parliament's constituency getting benefits as a result of unemployment. It is not possible to estimate the cost of these benefits at a constituency level.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what recent representations he has received on flood victims in receipt of Housing Benefit who have been forced to evacuate their homes and move into alternative accommodation; when will the review into their circumstances will be completed; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what the eligibility criteria for gateway benefits are for (a) a newly unemployed UK citizen, (b) an asylum seeker awaiting determination of their case, (c) an asylum seeker whose request to stay has been granted and (d) a discharged prisoner. 
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actively seeking employment of, normally, at least 40 hours per week. Jobseekers are also required to enter into a Jobseeker's Agreement which details the steps they will take to enable them to return to work.
The Home Office is responsible for supporting and accommodating asylum seekers awaiting a determination of their case. Those asylum seekers in receipt of benefits prior to 3 April 2000 continue to be eligible to claim Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. Asylum seekers whose applications are accepted and are awarded either refugee status or exceptional leave to stay are eligible for Social Security benefits in the normal way.