§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list the average length of time a claimant who was(a) retired (b) sick or disabled, (c) a single parent and (d) unemployed remained on benefit 30 years ago; and if he will give what those averages are at the latest available date. 
§ Mr. Hague
Information is not available for 30 years ago.
Current available information is as follows:
- (1) The average length of time for retirement pensioners to remain on benefit until death is 16.5 years.
- (2) The average length of time a claimant is sick or disabled and on benefit is as follows: sickness benefit—114 days; invalidity benefit—3.4 years; severe disablement allowance—6.1 years.
- (3) At 10 May 1994 the average length of time a claimant registered as unemployed was 410 days.
This information does not include recipients who receive only income support.
Information for lone parents is not available.