§ Mr. French
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has any plans to improve the rate at which claims for invalid care allowance and attendance allowance are processed; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Scott
The necessary processes involved in considering an attendance allowance claim are such that we do not envisage any significant short-term improvements in the clearance times reported in my answer to my hon. Friend on 5 July at columns512–13. But we are seeking substantial short-term improvements in invalid care allowance clearance times. For both benefits we will be studying whether increased use of computer technology will lead to long-term improvements in processing times.