§ Mr. Alan Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what proportion of claims for adult dependency increases made during 1995–96 of claims for adult dependency increases made during 1995–96 by claimants of(a) unemployment benefit, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) severe disablement allowance and (d) invalid care allowance were disallowed because an overlapping benefit was payable. 
§ Mr. Roger Evans
Benefits which are subject to the overlapping benefit rules are reduced rather than disallowed. In cases where the benefit is reduced to nil, entitlement remains. This allows payment to commence, without the need for a further claim, should payment of the overlapping benefit cease for any reason. However, information on the number of adult dependency increases of unemployment benefit, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance and invalid care allowance that are reduced or extinguished under the overlapping benefit rules is not available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.