HC Deb 03 December 1984 vol 69 cc83-4W
Mr. Wareing

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many applicants for (a) mobility and (b) attendance allowances have appealed to medical appeals tribunals in each of the last five years; how many have been successful; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

As regards mobility allowance, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman) on 21 November at column201–2. As regards attendance allowance, cases are considered not by medical appeal tribunals but by doctors on behalf of the Attendance Allowance Board. On this the information is as follows. The figures of successful reviews include cases where the condition of the claimant has deteriorated as well as cases where the claimant is dissatisfied with the outcome of his claim.

Attendance Allowance
Reviews Decided in claimant's favour
1980 21,598 16,288
1981 20,816 14,849
1982 25,150 17,443
1983 29,843 19,819
*1984 24,118 16,758
* To 28 September.