HC Deb 05 March 1991 vol 187 cc122-3W
Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) how many people aged between six months and two years have(a) claimed and (b) been awarded attendance allowance for each year since 1971; and what is the total number of awards made to two-year-olds since 1971;

(2) how he plans to identify the people who were entitled to attendance allowance before their second birthday prior to the commissioner's decision CA/380/199; and what plans he has for compensating those who have been awarded the benefit following the commissioner's decision.

Mr. Scott

Attendance allowance has been payable to persons aged between six months and two years only since 9 April 1990. Claims decided during the period April 1990 to end of January 1991 are as follows:

Decisions made 6,800
Awards 5,300

Figures for awards made to two-year-olds could be separately identified only at disproportionate cost.

An application for leave to appeal has been lodged against the commissioner's decision CA/380/1990.

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