HC Deb 06 June 1989 vol 154 cc76-7W
Mr. Hannam

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many deaf-blind people are currently in receipt of the mobility allowance; how many have appealed after an initial refusal; and how many have succeeded on appeal.

(2) what is the estimated cost of extending the mobility allowance to (a) all deaf-blind people, and (b) deaf-blind people between the age of five and 75 years.

Mr. Scott

I regret that we do not collect information about the number of deaf-blind people who have claimed or who arc in receipt of mobility allowance. In view of this and the lack of information about the number of deaf-blind people in the population, it is not possible to provide a reliable estimate of the cost of making the allowance available specifically for deaf-blind people.