§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimates he has made of days lost at work because of mental ill health in each of the last five years. 
§ Mr. Heald
Information is not available in the format requested.
The available information in the table relates to the number of days of certified incapacity recorded in connection with claims to sickness benefit and/or invalidity benefit, and claims to severe disablement allowance from 6 April 1992. The data cannot be taken as a total of the days lost at work because no account can be taken of those who have entitlement to Statutory sick pay from their employer, for which no figures are available. Figures also include claimants unemployed, and people who have never worked, prior to the time of their claim to benefit.
Number of days certified incapacity of claimants for State incapacity benefits due to mental disorder Period Number of days 3 April 1989 to 31 March 19901 79,670,000 2 April 1990 to 30 March 19911 91,479,000 1 April 1991 to 4 April 19921 105,849,000 6 April 1992 to 3 April 19932 159,994,000 5 April 1993 to 2 April 19942 172,251,000
1Sickness Benefit and Invalidity Benefit claims only.
2Sickness Benefit, Invalidity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance claims.
1. Based on a 1 per cent. sample of claimants within Great Britain. rounded to the nearest thousand.